Tele-yummy barbecue to raise funds

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January 17, 2017 12:00 AM

The Lloydminster Kinsmen and Kinettes are once again offering the chance to enjoy a hot barbecued steak in the gelid mid-winter month of February, all in support of Saskatchewan’s Telemiracle charity.
“We’ve been running a steak night for a couple of years now,” said Louis Stang, event chair, adding he figures it’s been going on more than a decade annually.
“We have a silent and live auction, we have live entertainment—The Dirt Rich Band this year—and a little bit of other entertainment throughout the night, all in a fundraising kind of way with all proceeds going to Telemiracle.”
Telemiracle helps Saskatchewanians in getting special needs equipment, like wheelchair lifts installed in homes of those who need them, and access to medical treatment, by paying for things like transportation and hotel costs for patients who have to travel out of town to hospitals in bigger centres.
Originally put on by the Kinsmen and Kinettes, Telemiracle has since grown big enough that it’s its own foundation, though it’s still supported by the two groups, and even though its a Saskatchewan based charity, Stang said people across Lloydminster can benefit from Telemiracle funding even if they live on the Alberta side of the city. 
“We’re looking to raise around $50,000, it’s kind of where we’ve been for the last few years,” Stang added.
“We had a record year about three years ago now, and just with the economy slowing things down, we’ve kind of taken a hit as well, but we’ve done quite well; I think we still ended up donating close to $50,000 last year to Telemiracle.”
The event, which takes place at the Stockade Convention Centre, sold more than 500 tickets in 2016 and organizers hope for similar numbers this year.
Stang said the Telemiracle steak night starts at 5 p.m. and after that it’s non-stop action throughout the evening, with activities like a toonie toss, Plinko game, and the above mentioned live entertainment and auctions.
“(People should come out) just to support Telemiracle; we have a lot of long-standing support for (the charity) in Lloydminster, they know what Telemiracle means to the people of Saskatchewan and all the people they help and that’s really the biggest reason to come out,” Stang said.
“If you want tickets, give me a call and that would be great.”
The event takes place on Feb. 4, with tickets running at $45, and those interested can reach Stang at 306-821-7275.

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