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Gun raffle attracts hundreds

Patrons look over the items on the display tables last Saturday during the West Fargo Hockey Association gun raffle at the Fargo Holiday Inn. David Samson

More than 800 people filled the Holiday Inn on Saturday evening for the West Fargo Hockey Association’s third annual gun raffle, where 300 guns, a 2014 Polaris Ranger and several other prizes were given away.

“It was a great crowd,” WFHA past President Cal Helgeson said. “They were enthusiastic and excited about the prizes given out.”

Between the 6,000 tickets sold at $40 each and the $10 door charge at the banquet, the WFHA managed to raise roughly $135,000, which will go along with the previous years’ earnings to build a multi-sheet ice facility in West Fargo.

“We couldn’t be more pleased (with this year’s earnings),” Helgeson said. “Our sponsors really came through for us. Hopefully we can start pounding some pillars in the ground soon.”

The WFHA officials have already begun planning the 2015 gun raffle. After raising a combined total of almost $300,000 over the past three seasons, Helgeson said the association is “getting dangerously close” to beginning construction on the facility.