CLOSE CALL  Lake Windermere District Lions Club treasurer Raylene Oram (right) presents the $1,000 Ice Out winners cheque to Heather Fullerton. Submitted photo

CLOSE CALL Lake Windermere District Lions Club treasurer Raylene Oram (right) presents the $1,000 Ice Out winners cheque to Heather Fullerton. Submitted photo

By Breanne Massey

Pioneer Staff

Heather Fullerton has been named this years winner of the Ice Out wager after being just one minute shy of the recorded time when the ice melted on Lake Windermere, according to Raylene Oram, Lake Windermere District and Lions Club treasurer.

Ms. Fullerton predicted the ice would melt at Fort Point (north from the bridge near the Highway 93/95 to Athalmer) at 11:15 a.m. on March 10th.

Her time was one minute off the actual time recorded when the ice went out, said Ms. Oram. Its the phone call you really want to receive: This is not a TV show, its the Lions calling you.

The $2 buy-in for the Lions annual Ice Out competition goes to a good cause. Proceeds from the contest will be put towards two $2,000 annual scholarships and a $500 Student Citizen of the Year award that will be given out at the David Thompson Secondary School graduation awards ceremony in June.

This particular fundraiser is earmarked so thats where the money goes to, said Ms. Oram. We didnt sell all of the tickets, so we didnt raise that much money, but well still give out the scholarships.

We, as Lions, really want to emphasize that this particular fundraiser is very much going back to the community in the form of scholarships and the Citizen of the Year awards.

The lauded community wager has presented a unique opportunity for bets to be made and participants to compete for a purse of $1,000 in total.

We started selling tickets in mid-February and with the ice going out so early, we had a very short season, said Ms. Fullerton. It went out on March 10th at 11:14 a.m we have a couple of members that keep a close eye on it because they live in the Fort Point area so its not a problem.