SACKVILLE, N.B. – Members of Sackville Fire & Rescue were in the mood to celebrate Saturday evening after their annual truck draw fundraiser ended on a high note.
Earlier this month, they reported ticket sales were down compared to last year, spurring members to launch a last-minute blitz to sell as many tickets as possible with just over a week remaining.
A total of 3,500 tickets are printed each year for the popular fundraiser. If 2,800 tickets are not sold by the draw date, the top prize becomes a 50/50 draw instead of a new truck. Now in its 13th year, the annual fundraiser had never gone to a 50/50 draw before and this year proved to be no different.
In fact, department member Laura Thurston said Monday they sold out of tickets for the first time since 2006 after more than 1,000 were purchased in the last two days leading up to Saturday night’s draw.
“Thank you to all our fire department members for their hard work in accomplishing another successful truck draw,” she said, adding a “huge thank you to all our corporate sponsors and everyone who supported the fire department by purchasing a ticket.”
Funds from this year’s truck draw will be used to help in the construction of a new training facility for the local fire department.
Held in conjunction with Sackville’s Fall Fair, the truck draw sees fire department members out in full force during the annual celebration, hosting an open house and participating in the yearly parade.
“We are proud to represent our community,” Thurston noted, “and to be involved in the annual Fall Fair activities. Fall Fair has become an iconic event for our ‘little’ town.”