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Members of the Crowsnest Pass Pinkest Little Town in the West Committee present a cheque for $30,576.04 to Wild Pink Yonder / Pinkest Little Town in the West organizers Jane Hurl and Rusty Hurl on Wednesday, October 19th at Gazebo Park in Blairmore.
A donation of $30,576.04 was presented to Wild Pink Yonder / Pinkest Little Town in the West organizers Jane and Rusty Hurl by members of the community last Wednesday, October 19th.
Members of the Crowsnest Pass Pinkest Little Town in the West Committee along with representatives from the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, Crowsnest Pass RCMP, Crowsnest Pass Rescue, Coleman Fire Department, Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce, Coleman Lions, Blairmore Lions, Coleman Legion, Blairmore Legion, Community Futures, and Crow Snow Riders (who were the first local group to make a significant donation to the fundraiser) presented the Hurls with a cheque for the total funds which were raised over the course of several months in the community.
The group gathered in Gazebo Park in Blairmore, where Pinkest Town Committee Chair Aggie Mitchell, herself a breast cancer survivor, thanked everyone who got involved in helping to organize the numerous local fundraisers this year, as well as the many community groups who made donations to the breast cancer research fundraiser.
Following Mitchell’s speech and the cheque presentation, Wild Pink Yonder Trail Boss Jane Hurl, another breast cancer survivor who originally organized the month-long trail ride in 2009, thanked the community for its enthusiasm and dedication to the cause.
“It’s the towns like yours that are making the huge difference in what we can do,” said Hurl.
“I have said for quite some time now that small towns can make a big difference, and Crowsnest Pass, you’re proving me right.”
Hurl noted that in its first year, the Wild Pink Yonder trail ride and Pinkest Little Town in the West contest raised a total of $55,650 for breast cancer research, and $75,000 last year.
With the success of this year’s ride no only in Alberta but also in Manitoba, Hurl expects the total amount raised to come in at around $125,000.

“I am positive, based on your cheque and other cheques we have received, as well as our rider donations, that we’re definitely going to do that,” she said.
While not every one of the 22 Alberta towns which were visited on the ride took part in the Pinkest Little Town contest, Hurl said those who did showed great enthusiasm and generated a lot of donations, in addition to the $200 per day donations gathered by each of the riders.
“We keep hearing from the towns how much fun everyone had, and we’re so thankful to everyone who has supported us, and that everyone had a good time doing so,” said Hurl.
“It’s wonderful to know that we are giving back because everybody is having so much fun.”
The winning community of the Pinkest Town contest, which will be awarded a free country music concert, will be announced in early November, after all the money has been counted and community contributions have been calculated on a per capita basis.
Organizers hope to be able to announce the winner at the 2011 Canadian Finals Rodeo, which takes place in Edmonton from November 9th to 13th, and are currently working with CFR organizers to make that possible.
The winning community will be notified prior to the announcement, so that representatives can be present at the event.
Hurl said all the hard work which went into this year’s ride was well worth it, and that the cause is an important one.
“Breast cancer will strike one out of every nine Canadian women during her lifetime,” said Hurl. “That is why we do what we do.”
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