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How to Read the Site:

We have tried to capture the story of the Lethbridge Maple Leafs and provide a site to post stories, documents, links and photos of their incredible journey to the Championship.

To read their great story from the beginning, scroll to the bottom of the site to part 1 and work your way up through the 34 parts (You may have to click on “older posts” at the bottom to get to part 1). Each part is in chronological order and describes a part of the journey and many contain photos (We continue to add new photos to these posts as we get them).

After part 34 we are posting current related activities, stories and photos from the Galt Museum & Archives, Lethbridge Hurricanes, City of Lethbridge and private collections, as they become available. If you have a photo or story contribution for the site we would be happy to post it.

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Campaign to Raise $10,000: Journey Part 6

The Campaign to Raise $10,000

The club needed to raise $10,000 to help offset the costs of the player wages while they were gone.  The player’s employers had granted them time off work and were holding their jobs for them when they returned.  There was no pay for the participation in the trip and amateur championship which would take them away for almost 4 months. 

The funds came in slow.  On December 13, 1950 prior to their last exhibition game in Lethbridge against the Lethbridge Native Sons they had only raised $6,255.95. A general canvass of the businesses would be needed and campaign officials were still confidant. On December 15, the Government of Alberta announced a $500 donation and Ellison Milling donated $140 to bring the total close to $8,000. By December 16, the eve of the Maple Leaf departure, they had only raised $8,181, well short of their goal. However hard work by the campaign committee paid off and after their final exhibition game in Canada against the Melville Millionaires on December 18, the Lethbridge Herald headline stated,  “Objective Near”. Campaign officials were happy to report they were almost at their objective, with only $769 needed to top $10,000.

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