The Riverwood Back To School Bash fundraiser took place this past Saturday in Weyburn and despite having to change the location the day before due to rain the event still ended up drawing in a large crowd.
"We held a very successful event," said Sean Purdue, a board member of Riverwood Wellness Committee. "We were a little bit disappointed that we couldn't have it outside so we had to change locations and held it at St. Michaels School instead. It was a really good response, there was a lot going on around the city and we were happy with the turnout."
The event had various foods as well as bouncy houses and laser tag for the kids to enjoy.
Mayor Marcel Roy was put in jail as well with a minimum bail of $300 set for him to be released.
Kalyna Fodchuk arresting Mayor Marcel Roy.
"So Mayor Marcel Roy did make an appearance and we threw him in jail for about an hour and he was able to raise enough bail to get out," Purdue said. "So we are certainly very happy that he supported our cause and happy that the community was able to bail out their mayor."
Mayor Marcel Roy waiting patiently for his bail to be paid.
The event along with a few donations raised roughly $2700 altogether. They also received a $6,000 cheque from the developer (Riverwood Developments) at the event.
"We're really thankful to the community for supporting this event and we are excited to move on to the next stage which involves installing the equipment, and that's gonna happen in mid-October," said Purdue. "The equipment has already been ordered. We're gonna have a kid's play structure along with some swing sets and we've got some adult exercise equipment that's going in. All of that is part of what we're calling phase one and then if all goes well we're hoping to possibly add a little more equipment next year as part of phase two."
The Riverwood Wellness Committee is already planning for their next fundraiser that they hope to do sometime this winter or early next year.
"We plan on hosting some more fundraisers throughout the winter and then into next spring and summer," added Purdue. "We're hopeful that within a year or so we can stop fundraising and just have the community enjoy our park."
There were a number of sponsors that helped to put this fundraiser together as well.
"We would really like to thank Vennx Carpentry, Seitz's Rentals and Prairie Sky Co-op for stepping up," added Purdue. "They all sponsored different parts of the event and without them, we couldn't have really done it and it wouldn't have been as successful as it was."