A Rooftop Ceilidh at Bobby's for the YMCA

Lisa Goudy
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Selling 50/50 tickets at the second annual Rooftop Ceilidh at Bobby’s Place was no problem for Laura Jaworski.

Local Celtic band Desperate for Haggis kicks off the entertainment at the second annual Rooftop Ceilidh at Bobby's Place on the night of July 19, 2014.

“We like music and being outside and if we can sell 50/50 tickets and give money to our Strong Kids Foundation, we’re all over that,” said Jaworski, membership services supervisor with the Moose Jaw YMCA.

The event at Bobby’s Place featured live music on the rooftop on Saturday night and a full crowd. Proceeds from the event went to the local YMCA. Jaworski said the Strong Kids program would benefit from the event. The program helps families needing financial assistance to have free memberships, to sponsor kids for childcare and access to summer day camps.

“Obviously we try and make as much money as possible because the more we raise, the more we can help out,” she said. “People always like to donate to the YMCA.”

The goal for the program is $150,000 per year. Jaworski was first asked to volunteer for the event after holidays.

“I came back and they were like, ‘Laura, do you want to volunteer?’ I said, ‘Sure, what’s it for?’ said Jaworski. “It’s a beautiful night for it.”

Kevin Haakenson, owner of Bobby’s Place, said last year’s event raised money for cystic fibrosis, but this year he decided to keep it local.

“The first one was just to try and get the feel of it and now we want to do local charities from now on. We might as well keep the money local since everybody who’s coming out to support us is local to begin with,” he said.

“We do a lot with the Y. They support us over the years.”

The inaugural event raised $1,500 and this year was expected to generate even more because of the 50/50s and other giveaways. The maximum number of tickets sold was 300 and 200 were sold in advance.

Next year’s charity might be the Moose Jaw Transition House or the Moose Jaw Humane Society or another organization in the city.

Robert Haakenson, manager of Bobby’s Place, added that events like those are “worth doing.

“Too often you hear people say there’s nothing to do. So we give them something to do with this event,” he said. “You’ve got to keep these things happening if you want your youth to stick around or else they’re going to places that offer them.”

Robert added the weather turned out perfectly.

“We lucked out two years in a row, no rain,” he said. “It’s time I try and have a back-up plan for next year. I don’t know what I would’ve done this year.”

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Organizations: YMCA, Strong Kids Foundation, Moose Jaw Transition House Moose Jaw Humane Society

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