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Get Ready For a Party on the Pond

by Shanine Sealey
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This March, the frozen ponds in Martensville will be a hub of activity for a fundraising event, with proceeds going towards the construction of the new recreation facility in the community. Party on the Pond will be a two-day event which will include a wide range of options including a 3-on-3 hockey tournament, a cabaret, entertainment, meals and much more. Party on the Pond will take place March 13th and 14th and will feature entertainment by comedian Kelly Taylor and the band Gong Show. This will be an adults only (19+) event.

The idea for the event came from something similar that was held at Elk Ridge in the past. “A few teams from Martensville, including myself participated in the event and as we were coming up with fundraising ideas, we thought that since we have all of these ponds in Martensville, it could be the perfect opportunity to host something like it in the community,” Jordan Trach, event organizer, explained.

Trach, owner/operator of Trach Power Skating, has sponsored numerous events that the Martensville Community Recreation Project (MCRP) has held in the past and is a member of the Lace ‘Em Up campaign committee – a group dedicated to raising funds and awareness of the need for an additional recreation facility in the community. “When it comes to building this much-needed facility, instead of relying on people to give a lot; if we can all give a little, then it will be far more possible,” Trach stated.

“Youth learn so much from sports and they can make lifelong friendships through playing. There are so many valuable life lessons that we can teach these young kids that they can carry on into their life as they get older. Sports have a way of bringing a community together,” added Trach.

The event will begin on Friday, March 13th with the kick-off to the 3-on-3 tournament, indoor beer gardens, followed by a supper, a social and then entertainment by comedian Kelly Taylor. Saturday will consist of teams playing approximately four games each, outdoor beer gardens, lunch, supper, cabaret and entertainment by Gong Show.

Those participating in the tournament will have access to all additional events with the cost of registration; however, those not participating will be able to purchase tickets to the entertainment portion of the event.

Two ponds in Martensville will be utilized to create 15 rinks to play on this year; however, the organizing committee has much bigger plans in mind for upcoming years.

“We would love to see this event grow into something much larger and are reaching out to people provincially and worldwide to make that happen. There is no reason why we can’t make this a well-known event and keep growing each and every year.”

To purchase tickets or to enter a team, visit www.mcrp.ca. If you are interested in volunteering, or other kinds of support towards the event; email saskpartyonthepond@gmail.com.

“We are looking for a lot of volunteers because we know that it will take a lot of work to make this event as successful as we want it to be. We already have a great start, but are certainly looking for any and all help that we can get.”

Currently, the event has already had much support from Martensville and area businesses, which Trach noted the organizing committee is extremely grateful for.

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