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Elks pleased with fundraiser

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The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting.

Bargain hunters had their sights set on the Elks Hall over the weekend, helping the Flin Flon Elks Club raise about $6,500. The Elks' 7th Annual Garage Sale attracted some 600 people eager to comb over the vast selection of donated items up for grabs. "We are very pleased with how things went," commented club treasurer Ernie Poirier. "We are grateful to all of the people who donated items and who bought items from us. It's encouraging." Thousands of articles, including books, house wares, TVs, desks and video games, crammed the Elks Hall for the sale. It was only fitting that the fundraiser was advertised as the "Biggest Garage Sale Under One Roof." The sale attracted residents of all ages hoping to land a bargain or two, which wasn't difficult considering that a great number of the price tags were measured in cents, not dollars. Poirier commented that a line-up of people greeted organizers when they opened the doors on Saturday morning. In hopes of raising additional funds, organizers decided to continue the sale on Sunday, attracting about 100 people. When it was all over, officials with the Salvation Army were given the chance to comb over all unsold items and take what they wished. The money raised from the sale will be split between the Order of Royal Purple Fund for Children and the fund for repair work to the Elks Hall. The Fund for Children, a fund for youngsters across Canada who require medical assistance, has helped a handful of local children in recent years, providing hearing aids and a special computer for a blind girl. The repair work to the Elks Hall, a project that started last year, is nearly half complete. See 'Work' P.# Con't from P.# Poirier said work must still be done to replace the south wall and the kitchen roof, and to construct a new office. Helping to make the sale a success were CFAR's Doug O'Brien, who agreed to air a promotion of the sale on Sunday, and Dave Kendall and Lois (Bunny) Burke of the Rotary Club, who gave the fundraiser a plug during Rotary Radio Bingo on Saturday. The only apparent glitch that took place during the sale was the disappearance of a furniture mover. Poirier asks that whoever borrowed the mover to please return it.