The Elmwood High School Legacy Fund is hoping to boost its reach.
Since starting the fund for scholarships with funds leftover from the school’s 50th anniversary celebrations five years ago, organizers are hoping to collect more cash to help Elmwood’s students.
Fund founding member Linda Boughton and other members are organizing a 55th anniversary social at the Royal Canadian Legion Elmwood Branch No. 9. The Celebrate the Decades! social will run from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Oct. 19 and will feature music from the Barry G. Player Band, which will be rocking tunes from the 1960s to the present.
"More than raising funds, we want it to be a reunion for our school," said Boughton, who was one of Elmwood’s original students, as she attended Grade 9 in 1958-59.
Attendees are encouraged to dress in the style of the decade in which they grew up, be it a grunge, punk, or hippie look. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume.
For tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call Terry Neplyk at 204-667-6682, or visit Big Rick’s Hot Rod Diner at 379 Henderson Hwy.
The fund currently has about $160,000, and is administered by The Winnipeg Foundation. The fund started out giving three $700 scholarships in its first year in 2009, and has given larger awards every year. Boughton said the fund will give at least four scholarships of $1,000 this year.
Boughton explained the fund recently expanded its donor recognition categories to include the Emerald Circle of Donors, which is for those who provide named scholarships of $10,000 or more.
One recent donation Boughton is excited about came from her husband’s first cousin. The Albert John, Georgina and Edith Patricia Boughton Scholarship will be created as a result of a $25,000 donation from Patricia Boughton’s children. Patricia attended Lord Selkirk School, which was the area high school before Elmwood was created.
In order to honour Patricia, who died at age 79 two years ago, the scholarship will go to an Elmwood graduate planning on attending the University of Manitoba.
"In her will, she left a direction that she wanted a bursary in her name to go to a student at the University of Manitoba, and they’re doing that through our fund," Boughton explained. "Those three siblings (Patricia’s children) ensured that their mother’s legacy would be left as she requested. Just because I’m a relative… I was able to facilitate their mother’s last wishes."
In addition to giving out scholarships, the fund also sponsors students in various academic endeavours.