Amherst hosting MJAHL draft June 20, 21
Ramblers kick off summer of fundraising
AMHERST?- The Amherst Ramblers don't need skates to have a good time.
All they need is public participation in the long list of fun activities scheduled until they lace up their skates again in September.
The big-ticket item of the season is the MJAHL draft being held June 20 and 21 at the Amherst Stadium.
"It's the first time it's ever been held in Amherst," Ramblers president George Baker said.
The draft, which is open to the public, begins at 1 p.m. on June 21 and ends at 4 p.m.
Afterwards, a dinner, dance and auction begins at the stadium at 6 p.m.
Baker is the auctioneer for the live auction and prizes being auctioned off will include NHL jerseys, signed Rambler jerseys and many prizes donated by local businesses.
The Drew Moore Band will provide entertainment, while door prizes will ensure many lucky winners will go home happy.
The Ramblers are also holding three major draws this summer.
Sometime in the next two weeks, the fourth annual draw for the Ramblers $100 tickets will go on sale.
First prize is $10,000, second is $5,000, third is $2,500, fourth is $1,500, fifth is $750 and sixth is 15 prizes worth $150.
Three tickets cost $250, with the draw being made in December 2008.
Available now are bi-weekly tickets for a 50/50 draw held every second Saturday night, which also includes a bi-weekly draw for $25 worth of gas.
Beverly Estabrooks and Baker are hard at work selling the 50/50 tickets.
The Ramblers are also now selling tickets for a barbecue that will be drawn during the June 21 dance.
May 31 is also another day to mark off on your Ramblers calendar.
On that day the Ramblers will be part of the community fair held at the stadium.
On July 1, the Ramblers will hold a barbecue, bingo and crown and anchor booth downtown during Canada Day celebrations.
All money raised during these activities goes towards day-to-day operations of the Ramblers.
Also, Ramblers season tickets are now on sale and Ramblers coach and head of hockey operations Corey Crocker will also be starting the Amherst Jr. Ramblers Hockey School in Amherst.
With all these events lined up, Baker is looking for volunteers to help out.
"I'd like to get a booster club started," Baker said. He points to other clubs such as Yarmouth, thst have booster clubs of their own.
"They aren't part of the executive but they have there own booster club of about 20 people off to one side," Baker said. "They organize but they have one person report to the executive."
Anybody interested in starting a booster club or volunteering for the Ramblers can contact Baker.
Baker is very happy with the support from the fans.
"Support from the community has been so great," Baker said. "I can't thank the fans enough for all their support."
50/50 tickets are now available at the Canadian Tire Gas Bar and at the Bayview Restaurant in Joggins. Beverly will be traveling to local businesses to sell the 50/50 tickets and anybody or business interested in selling tickets in their store-front can call Estabrooks at 667-3588.