Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 02/5/2013 4:13 PM | Comments: 0
Ahead of their big fundraising gala, the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba was poised for a flood of donations.
But there was a flood of a different kind.
On Tuesday morning, the society’s Donald Street office was flooded when a sprinkler line froze and blew apart — all while staff were preparing for the Winnipeg Gala on Feb. 7 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, and sent scrambling to save thousands of dollars' worth of auction items.
"Basically, our ceiling opened up," said Kim Mardero, ASM manager of events and corporate giving. "It looked like a giant waterfall. It was crazy."
However, Mardero said while the office, which houses a staff of 17, will require extensive renovations and repairs, the auction items — "there were some things floating around" — were saved.
The Winnipeg Gala — called the Night to Remember in Africa — is budgeted to bring in $260,000 for the society.
Mardero said workers from Derksen Group, an ASM sponsor that ironically includes plumbing services, arrived in four trucks to haul away thousands of dollars worth of paintings, iPads, diamond necklaces and sports memorabilia.
However, Mardero noted that services offered by the office, including counselling and support groups, will have to be relocated for at least a few weeks. The ASM will look for temporary offices in the meantime.
"There’s no way we can work there," Mardero said. "It’s just wrecked. There was a foot of water on the carpet."
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Both sides refuse to blink
Below-normal temperatures in store for Gate Night
New mayor to share power
Cops confirm body is Winkler man
Boy finds big bucks in coat
Oswald's stabbing words
'Get-out-of-jail' card for parents
Feds roll out new rules after rail disaster
Manslaughter verdict in grisly 2012 killing
Autopsies on hold during legal battle
Care-home licence reviewed after death
Reynolds' work lives on in bursary
Decision has potential to backfire
Delays leave many waiting for flu shot
16,000 kids attend fourth We Day Manitoba gathering