2020 Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery postponed due to COVID-19

50/50 Cash Lottery Raffle will move forward

The annual Red Deer Kinsmen Dream Home Lottery has been postponed due to COVID-19.

“Every year, our largest fundraising project brings the community together to help directly support many important charities and organizations that improve our city,” a Red Deer Kinsmen Facebook post said earlier this week.

“Therefore, because it is everyone’s social responsibility to stay home and try their best to stay safe and healthy to help our community as a whole stay safe and healthy, we simply cannot move forward with the Dream Home fundraising project in 2020.”

Scott Bourke, Kinsmen vice-president and co-chair of the 2019 lottery, said money is “pretty tight” for people due to the pandemic.

“It would be difficult to get to the ticket sales we need to make it profitable without having to extend. We just figured it’s best to hold off and postpone it for one year and look at doing it in 2021,” said Bourke.

This was going to be the 40th year of the lottery.

“That’s a big number to hit. When you build 40 homes and change the lives of 40 different families in Red Deer, it’s exciting. We were really looking forward to go big this year,” he said.

“It was a tough decision to push it back a year, but in the end, we think it was the right decision and it was best for everybody.”

Bourke said it wouldn’t be fair to ask trades people to donate items for the house with the struggling economy.

“We have a lot picked out and everything, but we didn’t start (construction) or anything. We were just in the midst of drawing up plans for the house … but there wasn’t any breaking ground or costs that were put out for this year yet.

“That’s why we decided to make the choice now, instead of getting the house half built and carrying costs for it for a year before we’re able to do something with it.”

Even though the lottery is postponed, the Kinsmen plan to move forward with the 50/50 Cash Lottery Raffle, where someone can win up to $100,000. Tickets for the raffle will be sold from September to December.

“There are still little charities we donate to that are still in need of money,” Bourke said, adding the draw will take place in January 2021.

For more information on the Kinsmen, visit www.reddeerkinsmen.com.

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