HIGH RIVER, AB: On March 17, a group of dedicated High River residents and volunteers gathered at the local Boston Pizza to watch Hockey Night in Canada and were delighted to learn that High River has been selected as one of the top four communities in the 2018 Kraft Hockeyville contest.
“We are extremely excited to be named as a finalist in the Kraft Hockeyville contest,” says Melissa Pryor, chair of the High River Kraft Hockeyville Committee. “Now the real fun begins as we enter into the final phase of the contest and rally everyone we know to vote High River for Kraft Hockeyville on March 30 and 31.”
Earlier in 2018, the Town’s Parks and Recreation Division partnered with Pryor and a committee of local residents and hockey enthusiasts to nominate High River for the 2018 Kraft Hockeyville community building contest.
“The first phase of the contest saw the High River community rally together and submit over 150 stories and over 400 pictures and videos,” adds Pryor. “This showed that our residents were united behind this initiative and they were ready to show Canada what an awesome place High River is and what amazing people we have living here.”
The Kraft Hockeyville 2018 grand prize is $250,000 in arena upgrades and the opportunity to host an NHL pre-season game and the 2nd, 3rd & 4th place winners will each receive $25,000 in arena upgrades.
Now, the committee is once again asking the community to stand behind High River to rally for the grand prize. The top four communities will compete in a final vote-off on March 30 and 31 and community members can participate by voting as many times as they can over the two days.
“We will have a dedicated Hockeyville Hub set up at the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex and volunteers will be on site to assist people who would like to vote and we plan to have waves of voters utilizing our resources, throughout the two days of voting. Our goal is to keep every resource we have, continually voting,” says Pryor.
Votes will be accepted for High River via the official 2018 Kraft Hockeyville website www.krafthockeyville.ca.
“We ask that you share the link with your friends and ask them to share it with their friends, we have an amazing committee and a great community full of really dedicated people who can help make this happen,” adds Pryor.
The grand prize winner will be announced at 9 p.m. on Sat., March 31. Pryor and the committee will be in the lobby of the Bob Snodgrass Recreation Complex for the results. Voters are also encouraged to share, retweet and tag posts on Facebook: highriverkrafthockeyville2018 and Twitter @HRKH2018 using the hashtags #KraftHockeyville, #Contest and #HRKH2018. For more information and updates on how and where to vote, visit the website created by committee members at www.highriverkrafthockeyville.ca.
“If selected, the Town and the organizing committee have agreed that we would use this money toward a new Zamboni, a new sound system, arena lighting LED retrofit as well as painting and architectural upgrades,” says Craig Stanley, manager of parks and recreation with the Town. “These are the top needs for our two arenas at the Recreation Complex.”