‘It should be a fun night'
© Darrell Cole – Amherst Daily News
Joan Cameron hangs a poster for the Carl LeBlanc roast being planned for the Amherst Curling Club on May 7. Tickets are available at Mansour’s Men’s Wear, Mike’s One Stop and the Amherst Centre branch of Scotiabank.
AMHERST – Carl LeBlanc is one of those guys who is hard not to like.
The former owner of Acadian Printing has long been known for his sense of humour and his commitment to his community. Now it’s the community’s chance for a rebuttal.
LeBlanc will be in the spotlight on May 7 when members of the Amherst Curling Club host the Carl LeBlanc roast with a reception beginning at 6 p.m. followed by the dinner at 7 p.m.
“The seed was planted for this a couple of years ago when Debbie Creamer and I were sitting at the curling club sharing stories about Carl and Jackie,” organizing committee member Joan Cameron said. “We were laughing a lot about the things that happened in the past and I thought what a great idea for a fundraiser.”
Cameron approached LeBlanc about being the subject of a roast as a fundraiser for the club. While a little hesitant at first, Cameron said he quickly agreed once he knew what it was all about and how it could help the curling club raise some money to pay bills over the summer.
Last summer, the club had its power and telephone disconnected because of outstanding bills. Board members paid their dues early to get both restored, and while the club finished the 2012-13 season in the black, Cameron said the board wants to make sure there’s enough money in the bank for the summer and the start of the 2013-14 curling season.
“Of all the people at the curling club Carl is probably the most liked,” Cameron said. “I don’t think he’s ever had any enemies. He loves to have a fun time and he gets into a lot of funny situations.”
Cameron said people wanting an opportunity roast LeBlanc can call club president Janet Amos at 694-0036 or 667-5088.
LeBlanc has been an avid supporter of the curling club for many years and as a member of the Good Lookin’ Guys-Better Lookin’ Guys group has raised a lot of money for palliative care and other charities in the Amherst area.
“I’m sure it will be a lot of fun,” LeBlanc said. “I’m pleased to be able to help the curling club in any way and I know there will be a lot of funny stories shared that night.”
Tickets for the evening are $40 and can be purchased at Mansour’s Men’s Wear, Mike’s One Stop on South Albion Street and the Amherst Centre Mall branch of Scotiabank.
Scotiabank has agreed to join the fundraiser and will match funds raised up to $5,000.