Petawawa Hall of Fame receives big donation from Fundraising Committee
Sean Chase/Daily Observer Theresa Sabourin, president of the Petawawa Fundraising Committee, recently presented a $15,000 donation to the Petawawa Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame which officially inducts its first class this June. Accepting the donation were Hall of Fame vice-president Rick Schroeder (left) and director Murray Rutz.
PETAWAWA – Construction of the Petawawa Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame is underway thanks to a generous donation from the Petawawa Fundraising Committee.
The hall's board of directors recently accepted a $15,000 donation from the committee which is made up of volunteers who raise money to enhance the Petawawa Civic Centre grounds. The hall, itself, will be located in the main lobby hallway between the Petawawa Public Library and the Parks and Recreation Department.
The first class will be officially inducted on June 15 during Civic Centre Days. The hall will soon announce the six inductees. This initiative is an opportunity to celebrate past achievement in the areas of sports and entertainment and build a legacy of excellence for the future, noted the hall's president, Gary Serviss. He added it would not have come to fruiton so soon had it not been for the timely donation from the Petawawa Fundraising Committee.
“That was a large amount of money and fundraising from the grassroots to cut that amount would have taken some time,” said Serviss. “With their help and assistance, we've been able to move this project forward a little faster than we originally hoped,”
The hall has three classes to recognize athletes (individuals and teams), entertainers (individuals or groups) and builders (non-athletes and other contributors) who have made significant contributions to sport, athletics or entertainment as an athlete, an entertainer or a builder. Potential inductees who have achieved outstanding and extraordinary success in Canada or as a Canadian competing or performing abroad or made an extraordinary contribution to sports or entertainment other than as a competitor will be in contention.
Theresa Sabourin, president of the Petawawa Fundraising Committee, said the group was delighted to unanimously back the project after hearing a presentation last summer. The committee's volunteers has been hosting events and supporting main festivals, such as Civic Centre Days and Cabin Fever, for the last 40 years. To date, it has raised $1.5 million for the facility. Sabourin said the hall certainly met the criteria that they look for when reviewing any proposals.
“It really does to speak to the reason that we exist which is to promote and foster community development, to support athletics, the arts and culture - both in the past and in the future,” said Sabourin. “It will be a lasting testament to how this great community was built and will continue to grow.”
Serviss anticipates the hall will act as an attraction of interest for tourists as well.
“This will be another reason for people to come to the Civic Centre,” he said.