Carly’s Angels donates $17,000 to two-block arena and library project

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The Town of Wasaga Beach is pleased to announce that Carly’s Angels has donated $17,000 to the town’s two-story arena and library fundraising campaign.

In recognition of the donation, the junior locker room and eight arena seats will be named after the organization.

The local philanthropic group operates in memory of the late Carly Patterson after a battle with cancer in 1998. Carly was the daughter of former mayor Cal Patterson.

Carly’s Angels has a long history of supporting important causes in Wasaga Beach.

“Carly’s Angels have had an ongoing obligation to raise funds for needed amenities and causes in the community for nearly 25 years,” spokeswoman Debbie Timlock said.

Over the years, the group has contributed over $700,000 to many important local projects, as well as the Hospital for Sick Kids. This includes Sports Park Pavilion and Gates, RecPlex Fundraiser, Wasaga Woods Skateboard/BMX Park, Food Bank, Youth Center, Local School Programs, Defibrillators at local senior facilities and now the new arena and library.

“This facility is must-have equipment,” Timlock said. “It will be a great gathering place for everyone to enjoy. We are proud that this space is used to welcome families and visitors for large events and activities.

The angels are eagerly awaiting all that the new facility will offer.

“It will be a modern, safe and spacious facility,” Timlock said. “This double rink is a plus because ice time is hard to come by. The walking path can be enjoyed by all. And the library can organize many other events and activities for young and old. It’s all very exciting.”

The 10-woman Angels have all raised families in Wasaga Beach and are proud to be part of the arena and library fundraiser.

“We are a group of strong and generous women who believe in Wasaga Beach and our community, so we are always happy to come together for a cause that will benefit our children. This building will be used and enjoyed by local families for generations and is the best reason to donate,” said Timlock.

Speaking on behalf of council and staff, Mayor Nina Bifolchi thanked the group for their contribution.

“The Carly’s Angels are one of many great organizations in our community that have done so much to help make Wasaga Beach a better place for everyone. We are very grateful that they chose to be part of the two-block arena and library project and we thank them for their support,” said Bifolchi.

Learn more about donation opportunities for the Two Skate Arena and Library Project by visiting our website.

General project information

In January 2019, City Council identified the twin arena and library project as a priority for this term. The Wasaga Stars Arena, built nearly 50 years ago, is nearing the end of its life. The library, which opened in 1994, is too small to meet the needs of our growing community. A review, including a community consultation process, determined 544 River Rd. W. as the best site for a new 117,669 square foot joint-use facility. When the new complex opens in the summer of 2023, it will include two NHL-sized ice rinks, an indoor walking track, a modern library with appropriate program space, and meeting rooms. The city is funding the $59 million investment through reserves, long-term funding and community donations.

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