Winter Carnival donates $3,000 to community groups

Sally Brooks, left, treasurer of the Gravenhurst Women’s Centre; Mayor Paisley Donaldson; Alison Turnbull, principal of GHS; carnival chair Rob Abbott; Gravenhurst Archives’ Judy Humphries; and Janet Turney, co-chair of the Gravenhurst Women’s Centre.

GRAVENHURST — It’s a little hard now to remember winter, but this year’s Gravenhurst snow fete was big success.

The 2018 Gravenhurst Winter Carnival had good weather (and isn’t that the ulimate test) and good crowds.

So, the organizing committee was able to present donations to five community organizations from the proceeds of this year’s Gravenhurst Winter Carnival.

Chair Rob Abbott and Mayor Paisly Donaldson were on hand  to personally deliver more than $3,000 in donations to organizations including; Gravenhurst Archives, Gravenhurst Women’s Centre, Gravenhurst Supper Club, Gravenhurst High School and the Salvation Army Foodbank.

“Anytime we receive proceeds from the event of significant amount, we endeavour to give back to our community,” said Amy Taylor, town staff liaison.

Groups who wish to be considered for future funding opportunities should contact the Committee.
The 2018 Carnival was a huge success with over 3,500 buttons sold.  There were over 70 sponsors and a 100 + volunteers who helped make the Carnival such as success.

While many turn their thoughts to summer, sunshine and water fun, the Gravenhurst Winter Carnival committee continues to work on planning for the upcoming 2019 Carnival, set to run in February.  Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. If you would like to be a Committee Member or help with the Carnival, please contact the Communications, Culture and Recreation Department at705-687-6774 or email