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Artisans gallery, CFTA, Navy League and hospice society host Putt for a Car contest

The Amherst Artisans Gallery is joining forces with three other organizations to host a unique fundraiser that could see the winner putt for a brand new Honda Civic. Showing off tickets and contest details are: (from left) Gerry Helm from the Cumberland County Hospice Palliative Care Society, John Warner from the artisans gallery, Dan Arsneau from the Navy League of Canada, Janis deGannes from CFTA, Rainer Wentzl from the artisans gallery and Mike Landry from the Navy League.
The Amherst Artisans Gallery is joining forces with three other organizations to host a unique fundraiser that could see the winner putt for a brand new Honda Civic. Showing off tickets and contest details are: (from left) Gerry Helm from the Cumberland County Hospice Palliative Care Society, John Warner from the artisans gallery, Dan Arsneau from the Navy League of Canada, Janis deGannes from CFTA, Rainer Wentzl from the artisans gallery and Mike Landry from the Navy League.

AMHERST – The Amherst Artisans Gallery is doing more than offering a venue for area artists and artisans to show and sell their artistic talents.

It is creating partnerships with other community organizations, helping them increase their profile in the community and raise a few dollars to support their activities.
One of those joint projects is the Putt for a Car Contest that will be a fundraiser for the gallery as well as CFTA Tantramar Radio, the Navy League of Canada and the Cumberland County Hospice and Palliative Care Society.
“We are a community art gallery and the money we make stays in the community,” John Warner of the artisans gallery said. “This fundraiser is unique in that instead of four groups out there raising money we’re working together to support all of us.”
First prize is a 2018 Honda Civic LX, valued at $25,000, from Cumberland Honda, while second prize is a Honda Snowblower, valued at $3,500, with third prize being a $1,400 Honda generator.
The second and third-place prizes are from Fort Equipment.
The insurance policy for the contest is being provided by Archway Insurance in Amherst and both Kent Building Supplies and Fundy Carpet provided material to make the putting green.
To win the car, the person whose name is drawn at 2 p.m. on Nov. 26 will have to putt a golf ball into the hole from 60 feet on a manmade putting green inside the artisans gallery in the Amherst Centre Mall.
If not successful, the consolation prize is $1,000 cash.
There are also two early bird draws for $300. The first draw was on Sept. 30 while the second draw is Oct. 28.
Tickets are $5 each or three for $10 and can be purchased at the gallery or from members of the four organizations.
Dan Arsneau from the Navy League said it’s good to be working with other community groups. He said the Navy League’s share will support the Amherst Sea Cadets, which recently returned from a trip to Ottawa and included a visit to the Canadian War Museum, the Museum of Civilization and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in downtown Ottawa.
“It’s a great community effort that will support four organizations,” Arsneau said. “It’s a great partnership.”
For the gallery it’s another big step forward from small beginnings out of the former Amherst train station and then to the Amherst Curling Club and the Amherst Centre Mall.
Warner is the only surviving member of the ‘Three Amigos’ that came up with the idea of opening a gallery over breakfast at the Old Warehouse Café four years ago.
For artist Rainer Wentzl the contest is what the gallery is all about, working with the community.
“We have a large number of people involved and everyone is contributing,” Wentzl said. “This is a great example of a number of community organizations coming together and working together for everyone’s benefit.”
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