From Winnipeg, MB

Friends of Rick Wareham

A benefit evening is being held Feb. 21 to raise money for Wareham at the Canad Inn at 826 Regent Ave. in Winnipeg.

Some news, sad as it may be. In our, extended family, there has been a sudden tragedy. On December 15th, there was a fire in Stonewall MB. at Rick Wareham’s home. Both Rick and his wife Debbie Galipeault escaped and while Rick (in barefeet and PJ bottoms) ran to the neighbours for help, Debbie ran back inside to rescue her 3 dogs. Tragically, Debbie succumbed to the fire. Debbie’s memorial service was held on Dec. 20th in Winnipeg.

Rick has blistered feet from the freezing


Rick and Wife Debbie

snow and will recover in time. His only source of income is Big Rick's Hot Rod Diner on Henderson Hwy in Winnipeg. Friends are currently running the restaurant while Rick is physically recovering. Location is 379 Henderson Hwy (Henderson at Larsen Ave) & hours are Mon-Fri 8am – 3pm, & Sat. 9am – 3pm, Sundays 9am-2pm. Last weekend many car folks were there, just stopping in to show support or volunteering in the restaurant.

There was no house insurance on the home. In lieu of flowers, an account has been set up to help Rick Wareham. Any donations may be made at Big Rick’s Hot Rod Diner, 379 Henderson Hwy. Winnipeg, MB R2K 2H2, or at any branch of the Bank of Montreal using Account# 05367001 8547-306.

Rick has always been the rodder’s friend; occasionally storing cars for free, giving low prices on his parts for sale and doing paint and bodywork, sometimes not taking anything from someone whose finances were dire. Rick and his diner have been a wealth of connections and ideas for all things automotive. Someone at the diner always knows what is for sale or where that elusive part or ride might be. Rick has always been a firm believer in supporting various car shows and events around town. He always had a donation ready for the Rondex Rodarama Car Show and for the Toy Run in the fall. We urge you to think of his generosity at this time and consider a donation for Rick.

Are you interested in donating your time, money or goodies for a silent auction at this worthy fund-raising event? We ask that you contact our group at [email protected] or call us at 204-667-1002. All donations are greatly appreciated at this time of need. We also ask that you pass this note on to your other friends, connections or businesses that may be interested in helping out. Thanks, Rick’s friends and famil

. Canad Inn Transcona and Cruisin’ the Peg is proud to support Rick’s friends in their efforts for this worthy cause. CTP is helping the many friends who are organizing this event. We hope that you will be able to encourage your friends and family to come out for a fun evening that will be such a financial and moral boost for Rick.

Starting at 6:30 PM on Saturday, February 21, we will host a Bud, Spud n` Steak dinner at MyBar in the Canad Inn, 826 Regent Ave. W. There will be prizes, silent auction, giveaways, a memorabilia display along with car related “stuff” on our giant screens. The live band Boogie Knights will be playing music for us.

The tickets cost $20.00. From the tickets sales we will cover the cost of the dinners. Then the balance will be used to build a $250 cash prize for one lucky ticket holder and a donation for Rick. Additionally, all proceeds from a 50/50 draw and a silent auction will go directly to Rick. We are looking for giveaway items to throw out to the crowd during the evening. Some items that are a “hit” with Cruisin’ the Peg folks are hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, key-chains and specialty promo items. Any donation for the Silent Auction is never too small and we invite everyone to help us raise funds for Rick for the evening. 

If you would like to donate a major prize, it would be greatly appreciated and will be recognized when awarded. 

Can we depend on your participation? Would you like to order some tickets for you and your friends or donate to the Silent Auction? A call or email to me and I’ll gladly pickup anything or drop off tickets.

To confirm that you would like to be involved with the Benefit Evening for Rick Wareham, please reply to this e-mail or call me. I’ll follow up with a personal phone call to you.

Email: [email protected] or call Doug at 204-667-1002 

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