Fundraiser Brings $88,840 to Blacks Harbour Arena

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Fundraiser Brings $88,840 to Blacks Harbour Arena

Local Charlotte County sports teams and organization organized a "Chase the Ace" fundraiser that wound up raising more funds than most involved ever expected possible. After multiple weeks of no ace being found, lucky Southwest New Brunswick man Nick Lawson finally uncovered the ace and won the jackpot of $733,000.

"This fundraiser was a huge undertaking and a huge success for the community," said Village of Blacks Harbour councillor Amber Libby said at a recent council meeting. "Our local group selling tickets was the Blacks Harbour arena, and we managed to raise $88,840. I want to thank everyone involved for selling tickets, as well as thank all the people who bought regularly bought tickets every week just based on the fact that we were raising money for the arena. It's really great to see everybody come together for a good cause."

Councillor Libby said although the arena will receive a large amount of funding from the fundraising initiative, they still haven't decided how that money will be used to improve the facility. Given that the amount raised was so significant, they are going to take their time deciding the best way to put the funding to good use.

"I know everybody's wondering what we're gonna do with the funds, and I would love to just give you that information today, but we are still working on the plan as this is a lot of money."
Libby says the amount actually might allow the arena to combine the funding from Chase the Ace with other grant opportunities that require matched funds to be realized. 

"We now have opportunities perhaps leverage it for some funding and do bigger things than just with the $88,840, so just give us a little time to prepare and plan around that money. Then we will be able to get something out to you for sure."

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