Billy Bishop Museum holding St. Paddy's Day fundraiser

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Forget the pot of gold.

Participants of a St. Paddy’s Day fundraiser for the Billy Bishop Museum will instead be after a pot of wine and beer.

Emily Jolliffe, the museum’s director and chief curator, said the event is a way for people to have some fun with friends in a safe way during the COVID-19 pandemic, while helping to raise money for the museum in Owen Sound, which has not been able to hold its usual in-person fundraisers due to public health restrictions.

“This fundraiser is very, very important for us,” she said Monday.

The museum closed to the public when the pandemic took hold in Ontario last March and reopened with restrictions in June. It was forced to shut down again in late December when the provincial lockdown began and reopened Feb. 17.

The museum is now open Tuesdays to Fridays from noon to 4 p.m.

The St. Paddy’s Day beer and wine swap fundraiser works like this. Participants create a team of six people and select both a captain and fun name for their team.


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Each team member then donates $10, which will go to the museum, as well as either a bottle of wine or a six-pack of beer, which will go into a winner’s pot. Each team captain must deliver envelopes with the team name, participant names, the $60 and the beer and wine to the museum by 5 p.m. on March 5.

The names of all participants will then be put in a hat and names will start to be drawn March 9. The last three names in the hat on March 17 will be declared the winners. The top-prize winner will receive half of the beer/wine pot, which they’ll share with their team. Second prize is 30 per cent of the pot for their team, while third prize is 15 per cent of the pot. The first person eliminated will receive five per cent of the pot.

Videos of the draws will be posted to the museum’s Facebook page each day.

People can register by visiting, calling 519-371-0031 or emailing

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