Red Deer Kinsmen donate $98,000

Red Deer Kinsmen handed out $98,044 on Tuesday to nine of the groups benefiting from the 2007 Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery.

Red Deer Kinsmen handed out $98,044 on Tuesday to nine of the groups benefiting from the 2007 Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery.

“We like to give half the money away immediately,” said dream home chair Patrick Galesloot.

The rest of the money will wait as the Kinsmen evaluate the best way to spend it.

The campaign generated between $250,000 and $300,000 this year, surpassed only by the previous year’s record-breaking numbers, he said.

Cheques were presented to: Red Deer Food Bank, Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter, Red Deer Pond Hockey, Red Deer Hospice Society, Youth and Volunteer Centre, Habitat for Humanity, Royal Canadian Legion, breast cancer research and cystic fibrosis.

Galesloot said the Kinsmen consider how best to serve Central Alberta’s greatest needs when deciding how to allocate the funds they raise.

“We want to enhance life overall for our community,” he said.

Lottery house winners Dale and Patricia Hillman opted to take $500,000 cash rather than the house, Galesloot said.

The 1,848-square-foot house, valued at $650,000, will be sold.