The Oilmen’s Bonspiel is a bit over a month away. It has typically been the biggest curling event of the year in Slave Lake, for the past 50 years or so.
No, make that 55 years. It says so right at the top of the Slave Lake Petroleum Association’s (SLPA) letter that went out last week, seeking sponsors for the 2019 edition.
“The goal is to raise money through our Petroleum Association events so we can give back to various non-profit clubs and organizations in the area,” it says. “As in the past, we are soliciting the support of local businesses and energy sector corporations.”
What’s needed are door prizes, silent auction items, live auction items and team prizes. Cash donations are of course also welcome.
The goal this year is to have 32 teams, which would comprise 128 individual curlers.
“It’s great to send everyone home with a prize,” says the letter.
The letter includes a list of community groups who received donations from the SLPA in 2018.
It adds up to over $28,000, given to 16 groups or programs, including many sports and school-related ones.
The Oilmen’s this year is scheduled for March 1 and 2.
“The big thing is participation,” says new SLPA President Trevor Vance. “That’s one reason we agreed to open it up to everybody and reduced the cost for golf and curling this year. It’s all about the community support.”
To make a donation, get in touch with Vance at 780-849-7508 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entries to the tournament can be dropped off at Slave Safety Supply, Apex Valve Services or mailed to Slave Lake Petroleum Association, Box 68, Slave Lake, Alberta, T0G 2A0. They can also be emailed to email@example.com, or faxed to 780-849-2422.