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Thank You (LtoR):Patrick Walker, Shawn Nelson, Dean Corkill, me, Gerald Heacock, Brandon Surcess, George Lupieri (missing:Heather Dobson)

The West Kootenay Friends of Refugees (WKFOR) recently received a big boost from an AMEC barbecue that raised $1873 and a quilt raffle that pulled in $1400, bringing us half way to our total fundraising goal of $20,000.  We are preparing  to welcome two Burmese refugee families to Rossland some time in the next year.

A big thank you goes to Dean Corkill who promoted the cause to AMEC.  In addition to the BBQ, a silent auction was held with generous donations from AMEC, Amore’s Ristorante, Got Juiced, L’bear’s, Mountain Nugget Chocolate Company, Performance Fitness, Seven Summits Coffee Company Lawerence Chow and Leon Fisher (who donated very popular hand tied fishing lures).

Learn more in a great article published by the Rossland Telegraph.

Drawing for the winner of the donated quilt outside Rossland Library, Aug 1, 2012.

After many months of waiting, the draw for a quilt donated by the USCC Cultural Interpretive Society from the Doukhobor community took place August 1st, 2012 in Rossland, B.C.

And the winner is….Nemaiah Shaw (age 17) from Rossland, B.C.

Nemaiah Shaw was the happy winner and generously donated the quilt she won to refugee families the West Kootenay Friends of Refugees (WKFoR) are sponsoring to move to Rossland.

Fifteen people sold raffle tickets as part of this successful fundraising event for the WKFoR.

Learn more about fundraising efforts in a recent article published by the Rossland Telegraph.