(Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame & Museum Release – February 2) Planning is underway for the first Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame Induction and Fund-raising Dinner to take place in three years. The event will take place on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park.
Having missed both the 2020 and 2021 annual Induction Dinners due to the pandemic, Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame & Museum (MCHoF&M) President Peter Nicholls says the Board and volunteers are optimistic the current Omicron surge will be sufficiently in decline by May 14 to allow a celebration party to occur.
“We are planning for an induction event which will excite the interest of Manitoba curling fans of several generations,” Nicholls says. “We are making adjustments to our traditional event to help change what has always been a celebration into a party as well.”
“The biggest change is a move to Saturday from Sunday evening, which has been traditional,” says Dinner Chair Sharon Thiessen-Woods, who acknowledges the significant support which has been received from the Canad Inns organization in scheduling and re-scheduling over the past three years.
“The pandemic has obviously impacted host venues like Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park in a major way and we very much appreciate the effort they have made in helping us plan for a gala event on May 14 this year,” says Thiessen-Woods.
The move to Saturday evening will allow guests to stay a little later after the induction ceremony to visit with old friends and congratulate the inductees. To allow for the visiting, a post-Induction social is being planned and Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park will be holding a block of rooms for Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame inductees and other dinner attendees. Call the hotel direct (204-775-5091) to reserve a room.
The MCHoF&M will require that all guests at the event be fully vaccinated and will work with Canad Inns staff to ensure that full attention will be paid to the implementation of all necessary health protocols.
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The expanded dinner program will include the twice-deferred induction of the 2020 honourees and the new slate of 2022 honourees as well as recognition of the five historically significant teams inducted in 2021.