The lacrosse balls hit the pavement on Saturday afternoon and when they finished bouncing and rolling, a local couple were $5,000 richer.
The Drumheller Rotary Club's Big Ball Bounce fundraiser was staged for the second year on Centre Street in front of Riverside Value Drug Mart. Some 2,000 balls, each with a number representing a purchaser, rolled north down the street towards a Rotary sign, which was the target.
"We got a ball in the centre; we're always worried about getting one in the centre," admitted Rotary President Stacy Gallagher. "Last year we did get one in the middle (but) only one; this year was a little bit tougher because there was two, but one was closer to our orange mark, so that's how we made the determination which one it was."
This year's Big Ball Bounce was another sellout, with all 2,000 balls spoken for.
"Just before dropping them, I did chat with a few members and there were some people who wanted one last minute, but we had to have them all in yesterday," explained Gallagher. "Everybody loves the ball drop; it's fun for us Rotarians and the community."
The winning ball was number 696, which was purchased by Luigi Vescarelli of Drumheller. He and his wife were out of town and couldn't be there to witness it. Gallagher said Saturday's fundraiser should top up the Rotary Club's coffers as they collect money for future community projects.
"Between $10,000 and $12,000, "she estimated. "Obviously, we have some expenses so we have to figure out our expenses before I can give out a better number."
The latest Rotary project is the planned planting of shade trees at the Spray Park this summer so parents will have a cooler place from which to watch their kids play.
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