Seventy-eight participants in the Carkinator Car & Moto Rally raised almost $40,000 for the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation.
The event’s namesake, NHL Defenseman for the New York Islanders, Matt Carkner, is a passionate supporter of the hospital foundation, continues to be a great draw for the event.
The 2014 event, July 5, raised just under $40,000 for the Undesignated Fund at the WDMH Foundation, supporting the highest priority needs at WDMH in a range of departments.
The event began this year at the Rideau Carleton Raceway, stopping at Emerald Links to putt against Matt Carkner; then visited Osgoode Scotiabank to complete a puzzle against the clock; and stopped in Inkerman at the Rink House to try to out shoot retired Inkerman Rockets players Denzel Crowder and Percy Armstrong.
Along with the many returning rally-ers, there were also a few dozen new participants who loved being challenged by the various clues and the activities at these “pit-stops” along the route.
The wrap-up and barbecue was held at the Winchester Curling Club where the event MC Al Armstrong walked guests through the prize and awards ceremonies and welcomed special guest Liam Maguire.
Many great prizes were handed out to event participants, thanks to great sponsors.
The highest individual fundraiser was Diane Crummy – and by doing so, won a trip for two to New York to see an Islanders’ home game as a special guest of Matt Carkner, value $2,500.
The highest team fundraiser was “Driving Miss Daisies” who won 14 seats in the Ottawa Senators’ Alumni Box for the Sens vs. Islanders.
The Morrisburg and District Lions Club Team posted the highest pit stop activity score, winning them $500 in Greg’s Quality Meats gift certificates.