Hillmond among finalists for $50,000 prize


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December 9, 2014 9:07 AM

The community of Hillmond was selected as one of five finalists for the second round of the Get ‘n’ Give contest, held by the United Farmers of Alberta.

The winner was chosen last week in Le Crete, Alta. and although Hillmond wasn’t the one to receive the $50,000 this round, there is still hope. The contest has five rounds, and the communities who don’t happen to win on a given round go back into the pool, and are still eligible for the next one.

“They’re still in the running,” said Annemarie Pederson, community investment manager with UFA Co-operative Limited. “And if there is something they want to do with their pitch that would improve it or change it or give us more information, they should absolutely. There’s an opportunity to do that until the last round closes in April.”

The Get ‘n’ Give contest was created as a way to donate money to Alberta communities that have local projects in need of funding. Hillmond, for example, has work to do on their Redden Centennial Arena, needing to replace the dressing room floors, build lobby bleachers and work on some other final infrastructure needs.

“This is a project that if they were to get the $50,000 it would complete their project, they would be able to do all the pieces that they want to do, so it would be great,” said Pederson.

For each round, applicants are whittled down to about 15 semifinalists. Then a panel goes through them and shortens the list again to five. The remaining five finalists are then judged by the last round’s winner and are presented the award in that town.

The winner of the first round was Le Crete, who presented Munson and Area Community Association with the prize last week for round two. Munson would like to build a new community hall and the prize money will allow them to break ground next spring.

“This contest really allows us to give a major impact on a project in a community and what we’re looking for is a project in a community that will make a major impact on the people that live there,” said Pederson, “So it (the project) reaches a good chunk of the demographic in that community. It touches young and old alike, will be long standing and serve the community for a long period of time.”

Communities are encouraged to provide innovative pitches or creative presentations like, home videos, that detail the heart of their project.

For more information on the contest visit www.getngiveufa.com.

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