Timber Mart wins award that helps minor hockey and Lake Country Food bank

Online award given to Lake Country Building Centre and to benefit Winfield Minor Hockey and the food bank

Staff at the Winfield Timber Mart may have spent some extra time online over the past several months, but it was all for a good cause.

And thanks to those efforts, as well as others in the community, the Winfield and District Minor Hockey Association and its community partner, the Lake Country Food Association Society Fund, will both be awarded $5,000 as part of the Timber Mart SharpShooter contest, an online contest that allowed Facebook users and  mobile app users to win points for their local minor hockey association.

The SharpShooter contest featured a Facebook game and a mobile phone app that required participants to play a challenging skills-based hockey game and contribute their points to their local minor hockey association. At the end of the contest period, those points were turned into ballots and 10 finalist teams were randomly selected.

Associations were then asked to submit a proposal outlining how the prize money would help both the association and its youth-focused community organization of choice. A panel of judges from the Timbrkids Foundation Board deliberated over the proposals and ultimately awarded prizes to five teams.

“We received some great proposals from across Canada, but the submission from the Winfield & District Minor Hockey Association certainly stood out in the pack,” says Jon Irwin, Vice President of Retail Services for TIM-BR MART Group. “Our judges didn’t have an easy decision to make but they felt that the Lake Country Food Association Society Fund was an excellent program that aligns with the mandate of the Timbrkids Foundation, which is to support the health and wellbeing of Canadian youth.”

The Dryden Minor Hockey Association was the grand prize winner, receiving $10,000, with an additional $50,000 going to the Breakfast Club, a volunteer program that teaches youth foundational hockey skills and provides a balanced breakfast two mornings a week.

The four secondary prizes, each valued at $10,000, consist of a $5,000 charitable donation and a $5,000 donation to a hockey association.

In Lake Country, the money will be used to help with a new food bank building while it’s unknown at this point what the minor hockey association will use its winnings for.

In operation since 1967, TIM-BR MART Group is a $2 billion+ member-owned organization serving over 750 building material and hardware retailers, commercial dealers and manufacturers across Canada. The organization exists to help Canadian entrepreneurs involved in the sale of building materials and hardware be more profitable.