Curling Club Car Dance marks its 40th year

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Mark your calendar for April 13, 2019, so you can be among the 500 people who will be coming to our fortieth anniversary dinner and dance at the Three Hills Curling Club..

Yes, it has been 40 years since curlers in Three Hills began the annual Car Dance that became the Cash Dance. This year we are back to the Car Dance theme wherein the 500th ticket drawn will enable the lucky winner to drive away with a brand new 2018 Chevy Cruze Premier Sedan Automatic. The $27,750 vehicle has been provided to the Curling Club by Western Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd. of Drumheller.

And the entertainment that night will blow you away as organizers have booked the 2016 Association of Country Music in Alberta Group of the Year, Renegade Station which provides a wide spectrum of music that will let you dance the night away.

Our Car-Cash Dance is one of the longest running raffle fundraisers of its kind in Alberta according to AlbertaGaming which provides the licence to the Curling Club for its annual event.

If you have attended a car dance or cash dance in the past 40 years you will know why it has been so successful for so long. It is a fun night of socializing with community members and friends, tasty roast beef dinner and exciting live music.

During the dinner, all 500 tickets sold are drawn from the draw barrel. This year in honour of the initial draw 40 years ago, the last ticket out will win that shiny new car.

But remember there are hundreds of other prizes as the draw moves along including many cash awards.

The first Car Dance was put on by the members of the Curling Club in 1980 when Ted and Hilda Tetz were the first lucky winners of a 1980 Ford Pinto.

For many years the roast beef dinner was prepared and served by hard-working club members themselves but has been catered in grand style in recent years.

The fundraiser was officially changed to a Cash Dance in 1996 with the 500th ticket out of the barrel winning $10,000. The lucky winner that year was Harvey Stankievech. In 1993 Doris Perks won the car.

Everyone breathes a sigh of relief when the Kubinec names are read out of the barrel because Tim, Wendy and Joan have all won the big prize. Joan even won it twice! In 1983 Rollie Koch of Rollies Motor Products supplied the car and guess who won it! Yes, you are right, Rollie.

The Curling Club relies on this fundraiser every year to continue to operate a Curling Rink in our community. It is a non-profit, volunteer run society which has struggled over the past few years to increase its membership. The money raised at the Car Dance goes directly back into paying for operations at the Rink. The gas and power bill alone come close to $6,000.00 per month during the months the ice plant is operational.

The club currently runs Men/Open, Mixed/Open, Junior and daytime drop-in leagues. Junior curling is an affordable sport open for all school age children. Both Prairie and the public school also use ice time for their phys-ed program.

The curling year in Three Hills usually runs from the first of November to the end of February, although plant issues upon startup have sometimes changed those dates.

The curling club is very appreciative for all the support it has received over the years for the car/cash dance as well as for its annual bonspiels. We hope to be able to continue to keep the doors open and promote curling in our community for many years to come. We also hope to see you all (or at least the first 500 to get a ticket!) out on April 13th at the 40th Annual Car/Cash Dance!

Tickets at $100 each are on sale at Adam B. Young on Main St. or through Karen Reynolds if you prefer to use a bank transfer.