Winning Tickets In Scout House Raffle Drawn On Canada Day

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After a major downpour that drenched Canada Day 150 parade participants and spectators, it rained money for three winners in the Preston Scout House Band Inc. raffle. The winning tickets were drawn shortly after a sudden major rain and windstorm swept down the parade route during the Preston parade.

Winner of the $1,000 first prize is Kim Darwin of Kitchener, with ticket # 921. The two $500 prizes were won by Nazrul Islam of Toronto, with ticket # 471 and Jacqueline Wales of Kitchener, with ticket # 099.

Draw tickets were available from members of every group in the organization, including Magic of Scout House winter guard, Preston Scout House Cadets drum and bugle corps, Silver Leaves Brass Ensemble, Scout House Heritage Guard and Scout House Band heritage group of about 100 that marched in the relentless rain through downtown Preston on July 1.

The winning tickets were drawn at the annual Canada Day Scout House barbecue held at Speedsville Columbus Hall, 333 Speedsville Road, following the parade. More than 250 members, family and friends attended the party, which included presentation of the 2017 Wilf Blum youth music scholarship to Justin Schatz, performances by the Silver Leaves Brass Ensemble, the entire heritage band, the glockenspiel section and the drum line.

Chances of winning one the three raffle prizes were relatively high. Only a thousand tickets were sold. Raffle proceeds will help meet the organization’s annual operating expenses. Preston Scout House Band Inc. earlier this year received significant other community financial support: a $5,000 grant from the City of Cambridge and $1,037.50 from the Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation (CNDCF) through the William and Vera Fisher Family Fund.

Preston Scout House Band, Inc. is a non-profit corporation with registered charity status able to issue tax receipts to donors, incorporated under the Corporations Act of the Province of Ontario on November 29, 1956.

The multi-unit organization offers individuals of any age the opportunity to “Arrange the soundtrack of your life” in marching arts activities starting as young as age 8 and continuing throughout life. These units are:

*Preston Scout House Cadets drum and bugle corps for young men and women up to age 22, Silver Award winners at the 2016 Drumline Ontario provincial championships.

*Preston Scout House Band, rebuilding in 2017 for resumption of full activity in 2018, is for those over age 18, performing across southern Ontario and beyond.

*Silver Leaves Brass Ensemble and percussion accompaniment, which rehearses in the winter for appearances at drum corps and community events throughout the year.

*Magic of Scout House competitive winter guard, established in the fall of 2014 and undefeated in its first three seasons of North East Color Guard Circuit contests.

*Heritage Drill Team, with members wearing tight black shorts, knee socks, short sleeved burgundy tunics, white gauntlets and Aussie hats as in the 1950 and ‘60s.

For more information about Preston Scout House Band Inc. activities, contact telephone (519) 653-3376, email prestonscouthouseband [dot] adm [at] sympatico [dot] ca or visit the website at:

Posted by on Friday, July 7th, 2017. Filed under Current News, DCA News, FrontPage Feature.