Fort St. John International Air Show gives back


Photo: Darlene Hamre (left) presents Fort St. John Mayor Bruce Lantz with a cheque for $20,000 – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

Non-profit organizations in the City will benefit from the 2009 Fort St. John International Air Show.

Organizers Darlene Hamre and Andrew Tylosky presented City Council with a cheque for $20,000 on Tuesday.

Hamre says she hopes the money will be distributed to several non-profits in the City. It was a close call for the 2009 International Air Show.

Hamre says two acts cancelled the day before the show, and two inches of rain pounded 8,000 spectators, minutes before the first act was set to perform.

However, Hamre says the rain subsided, and the show went on.

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With that profit, the Air Show committee donated almost $10,000 to the local Search and Rescue group. Hamre adds $2,000 was donated to several other non-profit organizations.

The committee had received almost $60,000 from the City in funding earlier this year.

Hamre says if the weather had held, she thinks there would have been more than 12,000 people attending the show.

On Tuesday, Hamre also defended the air show’s decision to go ahead with a beer garden at the event.

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The next air show will be in Dawson Creek, on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010.

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