It’s a simple premise that leads to generous support of various community not-for-profit organizations.
100 Men Stettler is gearing up for its next meeting on June 4th at the Legion – doors open at 7 p.m. with the meeting slated to start at 8 p.m.
Over the past year and a half, the group has raised more than $35,000 for three local non-profit groups.
“We are coming up on our fourth meeting on June 4th,” said Justin Tanner, one of the co-coordinators and founders of 100 Men Stettler along with Murray Brennan, Jim Macdougall and Kevin Burkard.
Tanner recalled how successful the initiative proved to be right off the bat.
“Our first meeting was a hit – we collected more than $15,000 and about 150 people attended.”
He said that at the last meeting, the men also donated more than $14,000 to the Stettler Hamper Society, and that Janelle Robinson will be back to chat about how the money helped out during the busy Christmas season.
During the meetings, three not-for-profit groups make presentations to those gathered.
“Each one has five minutes to tell us how our donation would help their group,” said Tanner.
Following the presentations, those in attendance vote via secret ballot on which organization they’d like to support that evening.
The non-profit that garners the most votes ultimately receives, as mentioned, $100 from each man present.
Or if you can’t make the meeting, you can have a friend both vote and donate on your behalf as well.
Tanner also pointed out that leading up to meetings, the men are free to nominate who they’d like to see land in the three who will be making presentations.
“We will find out the three groups in Stettler who got the most nominations. That way, those who participated in the last meeting have some say into what happens.”
For local non-profits, the funds raised can really make a significant difference in their operations.
“Our goal is to have 100 men donate $100 each night,” said Tanner. “That’s $10,000 and it’s a difference-maker for these small organizations.
“It’s really about giving an hour of your time to make a difference in your community.”
So far, the group meets two times a year. The evenings also begin and end with some relaxed socializing plus a food and bar service, he added. Tax receipts are given out from the organization that lands the funds.
”The Stettler Legion has also proved to be a perfect venue for our events, and we are thrilled to be back there again,” said Tanner.
For more information about 100 Men Stettler, contact Justin Tanner, Murray Brennan, Jim Macdougall or Kevin Burkard. You can also email Stettler100men@yahoo.com. They can also be found on Facebook.
“We hope to see a large group of guys at this event.”