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Tanner Graf Memorial fundraiser donates proceeds to local causes

The 2nd Annual Tanner Graf Memorial Summer Showoff has gone off without a hitch.

The local car show, in memory of a Lloydminster man who died last year, took place on Sunday, August 14, at Kal Tire, where he used to work. Tragically, the 22-year-old was killed when he was sideswiped by a passing semi while changing a tire on the side of the highway. Graf left behind his common-law partner, Katelyn Smiley, 23, and their daughter, Sadie, who was only 4 months old at the time of his passing.

The inaugural “Showoff” last summer was put on by the Lloydminster Motor Club and Kal Tire to raise funds specifically for Graf’s family. The event raised around $14,000 for Katelyn and Sadie.

This year, the event was put on again in Graf’s honour, but the funds were put towards local efforts. According to organizers Randy Marsh and Rob McMann, this year’s fundraiser brought in $5000.

“Last year was a big success so we just decided to carry it on, just as a way to sort of honour his name,” explains Marsh.

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From the money raised, proceeds will be dispersed to help local families pay for kids’ sports and activities, including Bobcats hockey and Xtreme lacrosse, as well as the men’s shelter.

“We heard and caught rumours that they were going through some budget adjustments, and just kind of needed a little bit of an extra kick, so we’re looking to help out with the men’s shelter,” says McMann.

The Goat’s Christmas Wish also received $300 of the proceeds.

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