Kinsmen Lottery a success despite hard times

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
January 3, 2017 - 1:36pm

Despite the sagging economy, the Red Deer Kinsmen's 2016 Dream Home Lottery is being hailed as a great success.

The yearly campaign wrapped up New Year's eve with members showing up on the doorstep of Red Deer resident Patrick Wasson to tell him he'd won the latest dream home in Laredo.

The home is worth more than $700,000 and Wasson does have the option to take $500,000 cash. 

Craig Smallwood, Kinsmen Dream Home Chair, says $300,000 was raised this year, compared to $100,000 in 2015.
 
"The Kinsmen were really strong at putting a lot of time and effort into reaching out to the community to get the support," he said.
 
Both Habitat for Humanity Red Deer and the Red Deer Food Bank will receive $57,000, and through meetings later on this year, the rest of the money will find suitable homes, Smallwood added.
 
"Everyone always thanks the Kinsmen for all that we do, but it's both the public that really comes out and supports, and all the recipients groups," he said. "Sometimes people think we're doing it for them, but really they go and do all the hard work to be able to actually implement the money, so we thank them as well."

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