Kinsmen rink fundraiser a success
Local musician Jon Christink from Starlet performs at the Pig and Pint Saturday as part of the annual fundraiser for the Kinsmen outdoor rink. The event is expected to raise at least $4,00
The future of Kinsmen Park's outdoor rink may be uncertain, but the drive to keep it alive remains strong.
On Saturday, the Friends of the Kinsmen Rink held another successful fundraiser, this year setting up shop at the Pig and Pint. Local entertainers Starlet, Andy Mayenburg, Jay Martin, Dr. Hoon, Cold Comfort, Station Hill and The Tone Keys who volunteered to keep the pub lively from late afternoon well into the night.
The goal was to raise the $4,000 needed to maintain the rink throughout the season, but Doug Skeggs, event coordinator, said he was certain they would make this goal.
“We'll know by Monday morning how we did, but each year we've been successful,” he said. This is in due to the generosity of the musicians, who each year are quick to agree to help out by volunteering their time and talent.
Skeggs said are also lucky this year to have a partner in the Pig and Pint. Previously, they held this at West Sides Tap n Grill and Santa Fe before they closed down, then the Lasso before relocating here. As well, Muskoka Brewery donated three kegs of draft beer to the cause, with all proceeds from sales of it going to the rink.
The rink was built by the Kinsmen Club, and over the years they helped to keep it going, along with Herb Shaw and Sons Lumber who takes care of the rink boards
Skeggs said he thought last year would be their final event, as the Ottawa Senators were going to build an outdoor rink complex at Kinsmen Park that year under the Sens RINK Program, with RINK representing Recreation Investments in Neighbourhood Kids.
The project was delayed, but Skeggs said the last he heard, construction is supposed to start this spring. If that's the case, this year's fundraiser could have been their last.
The Friends of the Kinsmen Outdoor Rink have been doing this for more than a decade.