Babas & Borshch Gives Back to the Community

Babas & Borshch Gives Back to the Community

Posted on Wednesday December 10, 2014 at 08:50AM

During a Festival wrap-up presentation to Lamont County Council on December 9th, Festival Coordinator Hazel Anaka announced a $5000 donation for the establishment of a Lamont County Church Preservation Fund.

Borshch“This is exactly the sort of community building initiative we imagined when the idea of this new Lamont County tourism event (Babas & Borshch) was first proposed to Council in February 2013,” said Jim Newman, Manager of Economic Development for Lamont County. “We were sensitive to the fact that for seven years, the Doors Open event had been the County tourism event. We didn’t want to lose that legacy. We also understand the challenges most County churches face in operating and maintaining these historic structures. If this fund can provide some assistance one of our objectives has been met.”

“Because we were building the Festival from nothing, from the ground up in 2013 we weren’t in the position to donate anything after year one,” added Anaka. “But we’re certainly glad that we can do it now without putting festival operations into jeopardy.”

It will now be up to Lamont County Council to establish a sub-committee of Council and establish terms of reference, time lines, and application criteria. Church executives are urged to watch for upcoming announcements about how and when to apply for a portion of the funds.

For more information contact:

Jim Newman, 780-895-2233, ext 216 or
Hazel Anaka, 780-365-2434 

Author: Lamont County Now


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