The 10th annual HyLife Fun Days exceeded all expectations this past weekend. The annual fundraising event hosted at the HyLife Centre in La Broquerie set new records in attendance and money raised for local charities.
HyLife’s Fun Days committee set a goal to target once again $175,000 raised to exceed the one-million-dollar plateau in total funds raised over the past ten years. Excitement grew when that number was reached weeks before the scheduled start of the event.
“What a fantastic day, what a fantastic weekend,” said HyLife’s President Claude Vielfaure. “We broke many records in many ways raising over $205,000. We’re excited to exceed 1 million dollars raised for charities over the past ten years.”
“This weekend was just amazing,” said Tami Munroe, representative of the Killarney Agricultural Society, who was one of the recipient charities. “To be quite honest I didn’t believe it was going to happen the way it did happen. I thought there was going to be a catch that we weren’t getting. It’s amazing.”
Normally, the Fun Days Committee selects four charities who will receive the net proceeds evenly divided four ways. This year Steinbach Community Outreach, Les P’tits Brisous – La Broquerie, and Killarney Ag Society were each set to receive 25% of the $175,000 goal with local foods banks in Steinbach, Ste. Anne, Killarney, and Neepawa splitting the remaining 25%.
When the committee realized that the goal was met and surpassed by more than $30,000 they decided to impact another organization. After hearing Budz’n Bloom’s story on trying to shore up the need for daycare spaces in Neepawa, they were selected to receive the additional money raised.
“Appreciation,” said an emotionally thank-full Donna Gork-Todoruk, Director of Budz’n Blooms. “We are amazed that they thought of us. We had no idea what the amount was going to be when we were told a couple of weeks before the event. The amount we saw on the cheque this weekend was loads more than expected.”
HyLife Fun Days started as merely a few HyLife employees getting together to play hockey. The following year the employees asked HyLife and a couple of their suppliers if they would donate money to help cover the costs of the weekend.
When the group realized they had money left over at the end of the weekend they decided to donate it to charity. What started as a couple-thousand-dollar donation has now turned into a weekend event with over a couple hundred thousand dollars donated.
The objective of the fundraising event is to bring together HyLife staff and HyLife’s valued suppliers/sponsors to generate donations where all the net proceeds are equally divided and presented to charity.
“This event is a perfect fit for the community partnerships we like to do,” said Vielfaure who added that he got a little anxious and was happy to see that their supply of 900 burgers was just enough to feed the hundreds that came out for the free community lunch. “This event is driven by our employees and a group of volunteers. It is such a terrific event, and the rewards are amazing.”
HyLife’s mission statement is ‘We take care of our employees, our customers, and our communities.’