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Airdrie 2014 Alberta Summer Games receives big boost from Province

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 10:23 am

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With the 2014 Alberta Summer Games only a week away, the Airdrie 2014 Summer Games Society received a big helping hand from the provincial government’s Community Initiatives Program (CIP) in the form of a $75,000 grant.

“We’re ecstatic that the Province saw fit to invest in our Games,” said Games Chair Al Jones.

The funding was presented to the Society at the Games Office on July 11 and will help with the overall operation of the Games.

“As you can imagine, it takes an incredible amount of money to feed and house the more than 3,200 athletes, their coaches and everyone involved in the Games,” he said. “It takes a lot of money and effort.”

Jones said the budget for the Games is about $1.4 million.

“A tremendous amount of that we’ve received is gifts-in-kind from local businesses donating services and products,” he said. “We’ve also had a lot of cash donations from local businesses.”

He would like to say “a huge thank you” to the City of Airdrie for their ongoing support of the Games.

CIP provides funding to enhance and enrich community initiatives throughout the province and the $75,000 the Games received was the maximum amount the Society could have received.

“That is a credit to the community as a whole,” Jones said. “When they go through the criteria for how much to give or if they will give the grant a lot of it is how much the community is involved.”

The Alberta Summer Games kicks off in Airdrie from July 24 to 27 and the Society is still in need of volunteers, Jones said. See related story above.

“We still need some more folks to help out at the athletes village and we’re still a little short on the breakfasts,” Jones said. “Even if people can work a shift before going to work that would help.”

He said breakfast service is from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and added if people would like to help after work they need help with the dinner services from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

“I hope that everybody thoroughly enjoys all the hard work everyone has put in over the last two years and I hope the community puts its best foot forward,” Jones said.

He added a word of advice to local restaurants and businesses to prepare for the onslaught of thousands of visitors to the city.

“It’s going to be very busy so staff accordingly,” he suggested.

For more information on the Games or to volunteer, visit 2014airdriegames.ca


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