Restaurant donates $1,500 to sledders
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | November 23, 2017
Since snowmobilers are a boon to business at McKecks Tap and Grill during the winter months, its ownership has decided to give back to the organization that contributes to the tourism activity. On Nov. 21, operating partners Karen Frybort and Aaron Walker gave a $1,500 cheque to representatives of the Haliburton County Snowmobile Association (HCSA).
“We wanted to do something to prepare for the sledders,” said Frybort. “Without them, we’re closed.”
The HCSA is a member of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC), a non-profit organization that is the coordinating body for organized snowmobiling in the province. The HCSA maintains 380 km of groomed trails in the county. During the winter, 12 paid groomer operators run six days a week. This costs about $150,000 annually, according to HCSA president Dave Lloyd. Volunteers look after signage, bridge repairs and trail brushing.
The discretionary funds will be “put to good use,” said vice-president Craig Bowker.
“It’s really unprecedented to have this generous of a donation come forward to our club,” said Bowker. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen it.”
He said the association will let Frybort know how the money will be spent, once its earmarked. The money is from profits earned in the summer, said Frybort. The business made a $300 donation last year and has been an advertiser in the HCSA’s map.
To learn more about the HCSA or to get involved, visit hcsa.ca.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.