Behind the Masque teams up with charities

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Airdrie’s third Behind The Masque gala Feb. 10 at Apple Creek Golf Course will offer patrons more than just an opportunity to get dressed up and don a fancy mask – proceeds from the ticket sales will go to support local community organizations.

“This is a fundraising event for Community Links and Soap For Hope YYC – two organizations we hold very dear to our hearts,” said Carol Mankey, one of three organizers who make the event possible. “We wanted to give back to the beautiful city we live in, and decided there was no better way than to host a fundraiser.”

According to Mankey, there were no other masquerade events hosted in Airdrie at the time, so she thought it was the perfect opportunity to organize one. The first two masquerades were hosted every other year at Cam Clark Ford, which donated the showroom for the venue while the facility at Apple Creek Golf Course was completed.

“All three years, we’ve raised money for Community Links, because they offer so much and have brought so much to the Airdrie area,” Mankey said. “I’ve used their services myself and found them very beneficial, so I know how much they can help.”

Soap For Hope is a newer organization, Mankey said, but one that she said fits with the philosophy of the event. The charity collects travel-sized hygiene products to put together kits for those who may not otherwise have access to these kinds of items.

“We really want this event to help people feel good about giving back to the community and supporting these important organizations,” Mankey said. “Anyone can go to an event like this and have a great time, but we want the focus to be on the fact that we are supporting the community – there are so many different ways that you can give.”

Tickets for the gala are $80, which includes a full buffet dinner, a complimentary photo at the event and plenty of entertainment. The event gives ticket-holders the chance to dress up in semi-formal attire and have fun – all that is required, Mankey said, is that each guest wears a mask.

“The mask represents so much – mental illness, or other struggles people might have,” she said. “It can represent the many different faces we might share with people. We want people to be able to come together and unite, and express that it’s OK. Everyone has their own story to tell, and we’re all working together to give back to the community.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Behind the Masque Facebook page or email btmairdrie@gmail.com

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