Special Olympics' hot dog poll raised $2

Special Olympics' hot dog poll raised $2

Vernon-Monashee hot dog poll places Olsen on top

Special Olympics raises $2,337 during the two-day fundraiser at Home Building Centre

It won’t be known until election day if the hot dog poll results cut the mustard.

The NDP’s Mark Olsen topped the Special Olympics’ Hot Dogging with the Candidates event, with 226 hot dogs purchased May 3 and 4. That was followed by Liberal Eric Foster at 193, Conservative Scott Anderson at 117, Green Rebecca Helps at 27 and independent Korry Zepic at 15. There were 66 hot dogs purchased in the none of them category.

“We had an extremely busy and productive two days preparing, cooking and selling hot dogs,” said John Topping, event organizer, who will wait to see if hot dog poll reflexes what happens during the May 14 election.

“With it (poll) juggling from one candidate leading to another, we finally ended up with a second place winner.  An NDP supporter purchased a last-minute close of business order to jump into the lead for the final time.”

During the fundraiser, which raised $2,337 at Vernon’s Home Building Centre, residents could cast a ballot for their favourite Vernon-Monashee candidate by purchasing a hot dog and beverage for $3.50.And unlike the provincial election, they could vote more than once.

“Thanks to everyone who purchased hot dogs and donated money for the needs of Vernon Special Olympic athletes,” said Topping.