DATE NIGHT fundraiser for Kamsack Swimming Pool expansion a success

A fundraising event hosted by the Kamsack Rec Board was recently held at the OCC Hall in Kamsack.  On Februaury 14th, around 180 guests attended Date Night and just over $16,000 was raised in support of the Kamsack Swimming Pool expansion, according to Shanley Allard, Recreation Director for the Town of Kamsack. “We couldn’t be prouder of our community for coming together to support our event!  The Rec Board put in countless hours preparing for Date Night, so its’ success is definitely a pat on the back to each of our members!”


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Date Night consisted of a 4-course meal and entertainment by the Canadian duo of Brian Burn and Jamie Mahn, who go by the name Burn ‘N’ Mahn.  They performed their interactive all-request piano show, The Dueling Pianos Extreme, and really had the audience captivated.  They took requests from the audience and played everything from hard rock to country music. The feedback on the entertainment was nothing but positive.  They really put on quite a show, complete with laser lights and an assortment of different instruments played.  The performers were “very impressed” with the support from the Kamsack audience and donated all their tips from the show, a total of $750, to the swimming pool project. 


“The elegant four-course meal was prepared by Darrell Lomenda,” Allard continued. “It boasted of mouth-watering appetizers, a specialty strawberry spinach salad, followed by a delicious saltimbocca chicken, seasonal veggies and rice pilaf, topped off with a raspberry caramel cake. The meal was definitely a treat!”

Darrell spent countless hours and donated all his time in preparing the meal to help with the fundraiser and it was a huge factor in the success of the evening. 


“A few of our past lifeguards and community members volunteered their time to help serve and everything ran smoothly. 


“The event included a silent auction table, with many prize donations from local businesses” she said. “It was great to see businesses and community groups pull together to help us fundraise for the swimming pool.”  The 50/50 draw winner was Dana Grieve, who took home $715.


The evening offered Safe Rides home with the help from SGI and the members of the Kamsack Volunteer Fire Department.


“Date Night was a very successful event and we have to applaud the support we received from our community coming together to help raise money.  We are making progress on reaching our fundraising goals and that would not be possible without this tremendous support.  The goal is to have the “new” swimming pool open for the 2020 season and a large portion of that expansion paid for by our fundraising dollars,” Allard concluded.


The Kamsack Rec Board also launched the Dive In Campaign at the end of 2019, when it was announced that an expansion to the existing pool was underway. To learn more or make a donation, please visit the Town website at


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