Mount Joy prez jumps for, er, joy!

By Geoff Lee

September 15, 2016 12:00 AM

Local ski hill recipient of generous 100 Men Lloydminster donation

Mount Joy Snow Resort president Ray Tatro is still jumping for joy over being the local organization of choice for a $6,000 donation from 100 Men Lloydminster.
“We recently renewed our lease at Mount Joy for another 15 years so this donation is a timely one,” said Tatro, who got the news from 100 Men on Sept. 7.
“We will put the money toward the installation of tie-ins and cold weather risers which will greatly enhance our ability to make snow.”
Mount Joy won out over Richard Larson Barr Colony Foundation as the non-profit group to receive funding after presentations by both organizations at 100 Men’s second donation evening of 2016 on Sept. 7 at the Hampton Inn and Suites.
The co-founder of 100 Men, Rob Anderson from Newcap said both groups showed a definite need for donation dollars to continue the work they are doing in the community. 
The Barr Colony Foundation works to raise money for restoration of historical buildings and artifacts like work being done on Rendle House which was the first house constructed in Lloydminster. 

More than 40k donated

In its six meetings so far, 100 Men Lloydminster has donated $44,000 to non-profit organizations in Lloydminster and area.
The premise of 100 Men is that they meet once every three months with each member donating $100 cash or a cheque presented at the end of the night to one group.
More $100 donations will be presented to Mount Joy from members who did not attend the latest meeting.
The goal of 100 Men is to make a $10,000 donation each time they meet to hear presentations.
Anderson said members vote by ballot on which non profit they want to fund with all the money going to the one group.
Tatro said his group made a good presentation.

GOOD USE OF MONEY

“We have an engineer on our board who is a good technical kind of guy and they knew we were going to make good use of the money,” he said.
“I think that the group recognized that there’s a good merit in helping to provide recreation facilities for youth and adults.”
He said a fresh outdoor sport like skiing and snowboarding has lots of benefits for everybody.
The resort is currently fundraising to build a system that will carry water to the top of the hill to make snow to provide coverage on all slopes for an extended season and early opening.
“Having just marked our 50th year we look forward to being able to provide a great experience for our users of all ages,” said Tatro.
“It probably didn’t hurt for me to tell them that when we got turned down for some government funding that it became border line whether we were going to be able to handle this.”
Husky Energy donated all of the pipe for the water lines earlier this summer, putting the dream to have snowmaking this season closer than ever to reality.
Top Grade Construction dug out a reservoir this summer and shored up the walls for the installation of the liner that has been ordered.

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