The 2018 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM 2018) has given more than $80,000 to local charities, service clubs and not-for-profit organizations across Chatham-Kent.
The presentation ceremony, called Filling the Furrow – IPM 2018 Donation Night, took place June 13 at the banquet hall of the Ken Houston Memorial Agricultural Centre in Dresden.
Overall, 115 cheques were presented. The money is the first round of funds generated by the IPM 2018 that was hosted last September near Pain Court by the Ontario Plowmen’s Association and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent with a Chatham-Kent citizens’ executive committee.
When combined with the work of local service club members at IPM 2018, the value of donations to the community rises to more than $105,000. In addition, members of about 50 IPM 2018 community committees and 1,000 volunteers donated their time and efforts to make IPM 2018 a success.
The Ontario Mutual Insurance Association, BMO Bank of Montreal and Hydro One were presenting partners, and many community sponsors also supported the Plowing Match. From Sept. 18 to 22, more than 70,000 visitors enjoyed the results – plowing competitions, a wide range of cultural performances, and agriculture, business and tourism displays.
The 2018 IPM cost Chatham-Kent taxpayers nothing for municipal services such as police, fire, EMS and water. These services were paid for by the local event.
“We were pleased to pay off the loan the municipality had given us event before the event,” said IPM 2018 Co-Chair Darrin Canniff in a media release. “And we paid for any extra services at no extra cost to Chatham-Kent taxpayers.”
“IPM 2018 brought our community together to showcase Chatham-Kent to the world,” said Leon Leclair, IPM 2018 Co-Chair. “This was done with the commitment and hard work of so many people, and it is very satisfying to be able to recognize that spirit with these donations to non-profit organizations. These funds will help their ongoing work in the community.”
For more information, visit www.plowingmatch.org/ipm2018.