PRINCETON WINS GOLD, NAMED GAMESTOWN 2010

PRINCETON - The wait is over and victory is ours. Princeton was officially named Gold Medal Winner of the Gamestown 2010 contest and Mayor McLean is delighted. Confidentiality kept him from talking before the official announcement was made in Kamloops today at 2 p.m. and McLean said, “It was wonderful news to be told that we won, but just awful that I couldn’t share it. I am relieved the secret is out and we can celebrate. I am really proud of the win and of everyone who submitted for Princeton. This is just fantastic news.”

  • Thu Feb 4th, 2010 6:00am
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PRINCETON – The wait is over and victory is ours. Princeton was officially named Gold Medal Winner of the Gamestown 2010 contest and Mayor McLean is delighted. Confidentiality kept him from talking before the official announcement was made in Kamloops today at 2 p.m. and McLean said, “It was wonderful news to be told that we won, but just awful that I couldn’t share it. I am relieved the secret is out and we can celebrate. I am really proud of the win and of everyone who submitted for Princeton. This is just fantastic news.”

Princeton’s Recreation and Culture Director Lyle Thomas was thrilled. “I feel an overwhelming sense of pride that our community was able to come together and focus on something good like this Gamestown contest. It has been a great experience. I am really happy with Act Now B.C.’s initiative and how their contest has given us a venue to brag about ourselves. Even if we hadn’t won, we are still winners.”

“There has been a snowball effect,” stated Mayor Randy McLean “and it happens a lot here. We start out looking at ways to undertake a project and as the project builds steam we pick up other projects and other people and soon our little project builds into something bigger than even we had the imagination for.”

Recreation Director Lyle Thomas said, “when we first heard about the contest, of course, we wanted to win the money, but then, something greater than the money happened. The entries became a catalyst for community pride.”

Council plan to set up a committee to decide how to allocate the $100,000 cash prize that comes along with the gold medal win. “We want input from within the community and hope that we can turn this $100,000 into $200,00 maybe even more,” said McLean. “Often, when an organization is applying for a grant, they have to have so much money already in place for the project they are wanting to undertake to even qualify to apply for the grant. This $100,000 could become a means for these well intentioned groups to make their projects happen.”

“This win speaks leagues about our community spirit,” added Councillor Frank Armitage. “Princeton is a great community and we’ve got the spirit. This is just a fantastic day

for our town.”