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Canadian Potato Museum Cheque Presentation 2016

ELMSDALE -- The Canadian Potato Museum in O’Leary has developed into a significant piece of the North Cape Coastal Drive experience, acknowledges museum president Bill MacKendrick.

MacKendrick acknowledges the generous contributions of Sobey’s and W.P. Griffin Inc., for helping to grow the museum into a major attraction. The $30,000 donation Sobey’s and W.P. Griffin Inc. provided Tuesday brings their four-year contribution to $144,500. The two companies, combined, to make a 25 cent donation to the museum for every bag of Canadian Heritage brand russet potatoes Griffins sold through Sobeys stores in Atlantic Canada during potato month, the last four Februaries.

“These dollars have been used in various ways, such as incorporation of new displays, purchase of kitchen equipment for our café and other capital improvements,” MacKendrick said in extending thanks to the two financial contributors and to the companies that sponsored prizes for the promotion.

“The financial contributions have helped position the museum in its ongoing quest to be the best it can be,” he said.
The money, he said, helped last year with over $60,000 worth of renovations.

The exposure from the campaign also helps draw visitors to the facility. He added the 12,000 visitors annually provide tremendous economic spinoffs for O’Leary.

“It’s good for everybody involved,” said Peter Griffin of W.P. Griffin Inc., acknowledging the February campaign promotes all of P.E.I.

The winner of a grand prize package, provided for the 2016 Potato Month promotion by The Holman Grand Hotel, was announced following the $30,000 presentation to the Potato Museum. The accommodations, dining and spa package, as well as admission tickets to the museum, goes to Colleen Harnum from Deer Lake, NL.

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