Just 100 days to go!

 

Oh, what a night! With just 100 days to go until Huntsville 2019, a celebration was in order. (Well, technically it’s 96 days away, but who’s counting…wait, we are!)

The Huntsville 2019 Games Organizing Committee (GOC), volunteers, sponsors and dignitaries gathered at the beautiful new visitor centre at Arrowhead Provincial Park on November 27 for an evening of fun to celebrate the coming games. There was fabulous music courtesy of the Funky Fisher Brothers, libations from Games sponsors Copperhead Distillery and Sawdust City Brewery, delicious and locally sourced appetizers courtesy of Morgan’s Mouthwatering Moments, and our flashy Drive Muskoka Huntsville 2019 Jeep greeted everyone at the door. Each volunteer received a Huntsville 2019 toque courtesy of Noveltymann.ca.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us! We appreciate everything you do to help make these the Best Games Ever!

And many thanks to Ontario Parks for donating the beautiful space for us to use for the evening—if you’re a Nordic athlete or if you’re planning to stay and play for an extra day or two, stop in to check out this building with it’s inviting warming space. You’re going to love it!

Arrowhead Provincial Park's new visitor centre has a beautiful space to warm up in the winter...or have a party!

Arrowhead Provincial Park’s new visitor centre has a beautiful space to warm up in the winter…or have a party!

The Funky Fisher Brothers made our 100 day out celebration a groovin' good time

The Funky Fisher Brothers made our 100 day out celebration a groovin’ good time

Mmmmm... locally sourced goodness from Morgan's Mouthwatering Moments

Mmmmm… locally sourced goodness from Morgan’s Mouthwatering Moments

Games sponsor Copperhead Distillery

Games sponsor Copperhead Distillery

Games sponsor Sawdust City Brewery

Games sponsor Sawdust City Brewery

(From left) Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport representatives Lexy Fogel and Ryan Albright and Tow1 of Huntsville staff Greg Pilling and Kari Lambe

(From left) Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport representatives Lexy Fogel and Ryan Albright with Town of Huntsville staff Greg Pilling and Kari Lambe

(Clockwise from front left) Games sponsor Noveltymann (Linda and Frank Mann, Games GM Sheri Renaud, Volunteer Co-Chair RuthAnn Cook and Events Chair Kelly Haywood

(Clockwise from front left) Games sponsor Noveltymann (Linda and Frank Mann, Games GM Sheri Renaud, Volunteer Co-Chair RuthAnn Cook and Events Chair Kelly Haywood

Games Sport Technical Co-Chairs John Cowan (left) and Jonathan Percival (right) with Transportation Co-Chair Peter Redwood and OSGA representative Angie Richard

Games Sport Technical Co-Chairs John Cowan (left) and Jonathan Percival (right) with Transportation Co-Chair Peter Redwood and OSGA representative Angie Richard

Games Chair Fran Coleman (front) with (from left) Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison, Councillor Johnathan Wiebe, Deputy Mayor Karin Terziano, CAO Denise Corry, and Councillor Nancy Alcock

Games Chair Fran Coleman (front) with (from left) Huntsville Mayor Scott Aitchison, Councillor Johnathan Wiebe, Deputy Mayor Karin Terziano, CAO Denise Corry, and Councillor Nancy Alcock

(From left) Games Chair Fran Coleman and Medical Co-Chair Emma Love with Andrew Hudson and Paul Palmer

(From left) Games Chair Fran Coleman and Medical Co-Chair Emma Love with Andrew Hudson and Paul Palmer

(From left) Games Medical Co-Chair Paulsen, Julia McWilliams, Volunteer Co-Chair Wendy McConnell and volunteer Dan McConnell

(From left) Games Medical Co-Chair Paulsen, Julia McWilliams, Volunteer Co-Chair Wendy McConnell and volunteer Dan McConnell

Arrowhead Provincial Park staff

Arrowhead Provincial Park staff

Games GM Sheri Renaud (left) and Chair Fran Coleman (second from right) with Jill Thompson and Christina Azzopardi from Games platinum sponsor Drive Muskoka

Games GM Sheri Renaud (left) and Chair Fran Coleman (second from right) with Jill Thompson and Christina Azzopardi from Games platinum sponsor Drive Muskoka

The Huntsville 2019 GOC

The Huntsville 2019 GOC

Supporting healthcare for a stronger community: Games platinum sponsor Drive Muskoka raises $15,000 for local hospital

“The hospital is an integral part of our community,” says Jason Armstrong, owner of Drive Muskoka. “A community of this size without a hospital is a scary thought so we need to give back to the community that gives to us.”

This summer, Drive Muskoka, Huntsville 2019’s platinum sponsor, ran its fourth annual Drive for Your Hospital event. For every new or used vehicle purchased in August, the company donated $100 to the area’s three local hospitals. It was the most successful event yet, with $14,700 raised for Huntsville Hospital and another $5,000 for the hospitals in Bracebridge and Parry Sound.

“Jason Armstrong and his dealerships have taken the lead in the community,” said Katherine Craine, Executive Director at the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. “They were among the first in our Business Cares campaign and have always been behind the hospital. We are truly grateful for this kind of support where it involves other community members.”

It’s not the only thing Drive Muskoka has done to support the hospital. In 2015, the Drive Muskoka team donated $150,000, funds raised partially through employee giving incentive and match. Prior to that, they donated funds for surgical equipment at the hospital. And they were one of the first companies to join the Huntsville Hospital Foundation’s Business Cares Program which asks businesses to each pledge $5,000 per year over five years.

Armstrong estimates that Drive Muskoka has raised close to $250,000 for the hospital to date, and says that their customers appreciates the way they give back to the community.

Drive Muskoka supports many other community groups as well, including the Chrysalis women’s shelter, minor sport, and Hospice Huntsville.

And, of course, the Huntsville 2019 Ontario 55+ Winter Games.

“I think supporting winter events is a big part of our community continuing to grow,” says Armstrong. “Bringing people to Huntsville and Muskoka is a wonderful thing in the winter—it’s not just a summer destination. And it’s a lot of fun.”

Thanks for your support of the Games and the community at large, Drive Muskoka!