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Awesome Airdrie set to give away another $1,000 in March

By: Stacie Snow

  |  Posted: Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 06:00 am

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The Awesome Airdrie committee is getting ready to give away another $1,000 for an awesome idea presented by a community member.

“That ‘awesome’ can mean anything that can be achieved or at least started with $1,000,” said Leona Esau, Awesome Airdrie chair.

“It is ideally something that will benefit our community, helps start a business or a just a really awesome idea. The cash is given with no strings attached, we just ask to be kept in the loop on how the idea comes to fulfillment.”

Supporting Local area Musicians (SLAM) won the first pitch in December and has put its $1,000 to good use. SLAM representative Jay Stoudt said his bandmates from Steady the Wheel have agreed to donate $100 and provide one judge for the Awesome Airdrie’s March event.

“We all remember the costs we faced starting out,” he said.

“Taking a chance and paying out of pocket was indeed a risk which could have failed. Now that we are established, we would like to help someone else see their idea through without the financial burden.”

Ten ‘trustees’ are required to each donate $100 to make up the $1,000 prize.

Five are currently signed up. Gary Lock, Keith Wilkinson, Sandi Christensen and Pat Cashion were so impressed with the first pitch session they offered to become trustees on the spot.

Wilkinson was excited as well.

“The difference my $100 could make to someone with a vision far exceeded my expectation. I encourage anyone to get on board and make Airdrie truly awesome,” he said.

The trustees are looking for five more awesome citizens or businesses to step up and commit $100 each, four times a year to coincide with the quarterly call for awesome ideas. All that is required of a trustee is to vote on submissions and judge at the pitch party.

Interested trustees can contact Esau at 403-948-8800 ext. 8769.

The finalists will be announced March 9 and four pitches will be made to the trustees March 21. A highlight of the evening will be performances by members of SLAM.

Awesome ideas can now be submitted online at or The deadline for submitting an awesome idea is March 4. Submissions from the first pitch in December can be resubmitted.


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