Well the votes were counted and the results were announced on TSN's Sportscentre broadcast last night. As you can guess by the title of this post, Wallaceburg got the better of Trenton in yesterday's voting.
Over one million votes were recieved, and I'm not sure what the actual breakdown was, but that's an impressive number. I know a lot of people in Trenton who stayed up all night voting, and I suppose a lot of folks did the same in Wallaceburg.
Kraft is donating $25,000 to communities across Canada to upgrade their sports facilities. They are calling this the Kraft Celebration Tour 2011. The communities are paired off, and after a day of online voting, the one that gets the most votes will win this money. Many people put a large effort into rallying others to get motivated to vote, and this event created a lot of community spirit.
It would have been nice if Trenton had won, the local high school desperately needs a new track, however, the town of Wallaceburg will be putting this funding to good use too. Wallaceburg is well known for their lacrosse teams, and their facility could use a new floor. Minor sports are a very important part of a small town's identity, so this $25,000 will be put to very good use.
I am sure that Trenton will find a way to make upgrades to the high school track. This event has raised a lot of awareness and community spirit in town, so even though we didn't win the $25,000, we have gained quite a bit by the publicity.
Best of luck to the remaining communities who are competing. I have read all the entries, and they are all worthwhile causes. Upgrading our sports facilities is an investment in our youth, and really, that's a very sound investment.