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The fundraising committee for the proposed Long Pond arena in Windsor received a cheque July 26 for $25,000 from the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society. The committee includes, from left, Jim White, Greg Kelley, Joe Seagram, Jeff Redden, plus WHHS members Trina Norman (president) and Dan Boyd. Missing from the photo are Krista Lloy and Kevin Walsh.
The fundraising committee for the proposed Long Pond arena in Windsor received a cheque July 26 for $25,000 from the Windsor Hockey Heritage Society. The committee includes, from left, Jim White, Greg Kelley, Joe Seagram, Jeff Redden, plus WHHS members Trina Norman (president) and Dan Boyd. Missing from the photo are Krista Lloy and Kevin Walsh. - Carole Morris-Underhill

WINDSOR, N.S. — The fundraising group behind Windsor's push to build an arena at Long Pond is inching ever closer to seeing its dream become a reality.

The Windsor Hockey Heritage Society presented a cheque for $25,000 to the Long Pond arena fundraising committee July 26.

It was a gift the president of the hockey society said was easy to get behind.

“As far as Windsor Hockey Heritage Society goes, we've always been a supporter of having the arena at Long Pond,” said Trina Norman, the president of the WHHS.

“The mission of our society is to promote hockey and to give back to hockey in this area and this was a good way to do that — to help out the Long Pond arena project and help get it off the ground.”

The chairman of the arena's fundraising committee, Jeff Redden, said the donation was a welcome gift.

“It's huge. It goes a long way in reaching our final goal in the community of $2.5 million. We're just over one million — I think we're at $1.1 million,” said Redden.

In March, the project was estimated to cost $12.5 million, give or take a million. Earlier this year, it was announced that at least $2.2 million would need to be fundraised by the community by September 2018.

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The longtime Windsor businessman said the donation was also important as it shows the historical society throwing its support behind the Long Pond location.

“What's just as important as the $25,000 is the partnership,” said Redden.

“They're committed to helping us throughout our campaign in some fundraising activities. Just to have their support and their acknowledgment that it should be at Long Pond. That's huge for us on the committee,” said Redden.

“It's a very generous gift and is really helping us get closer and closer to that end goal.”

Norman, who is also a member of the arena fundraising committee, said the society is eager to see the new rink erected.

“We're excited to see this project going ahead. We're excited for all the people who are buying into the idea that this is where it should go. It's just going to be a great thing for Windsor and West Hants,” she said.

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