Masked gala to raise funds for three area social programs
The inaugural Behind the Masque gala is coming to Airdrie on Oct. 19, and organizers have faith it won’t be a one-time event.
“This is the first event but we’re hoping it will become an annual event,” said event co-organizer Michelle Edgar.
“Expect a lot of fun for starters,” Edgar said of the event. “There will be dancing, a silent auction and a photographer is coming to take pictures for people.”
She added the masquerade aspect, will provide and atmosphere of mystery, intrigue and fun.
Tickets for the event to be held at Cam Clark Ford from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., are $50 and include a complimentary drink, a $10 off coupon for The Store Upstairs, appetizers provided by Apple Creek Golf Course and a creative photograph by Codio Photography.
The event is a fundraiser in support of Airdrie Community Links, Pacific Assistance Dogs (PADS) and the Airdrie Food Bank.
Edgar said she and co-organizer Carol Wojtowich haven’t yet determined how the funds will be split between the organizations but added the majority will go to Community Links and all food donations will go to the food bank.
Edgar said she, her husband and her children have all volunteered with Community Links and have utilized their services in the past, adding they have great programs for all ages.
PADS is an volunteer-based organization that breeds, raises, trains and places Assistance Dogs for people with disabilities. They also work to support the needs of the client/dog teams for the lifetime of the Assistance Dog.
The organization was selected in part due to Edgar’s personal connection with the group. Her youngest daughter has been a volunteer with PADS for two-and–a-half years and has raised and fully trained one dog, who has since been placed with a client in need, and is currently raising and training a second puppy.
Edgar said the food bank was selected as the final group to support because there is always a need for food donations and with the construction of the new food bank building currently underway, they need cash donations to complete the project.
The two organizers are local businesswomen and they said they wanted to be sure the event supported Airdrie organizations and included area sponsors and local entertainment. Music will be provided by Voxbox Studio DJ Skool (a Calgary-based school that offers multi level courses in DJ technology) and will feature the spinning styles of a local Grade 12 student attending DJ classes through Voxbox.
Tickets can be purchased at Airdrie Windshield and Glass, Euphoria Salon and Spa, Where Memories Are Made, Airdrie Community Links, Hot Water Pools and Spa and the Luxstone Optimum Wellness location.