For the past five years, Community Links has been hosting its annual Wine Down at The Woods event at Woodside Golf Course to raise money to support the many programs the organization provides for local families and children. According to Laurie Jacob-Toews, manager of community development services with Community Links, the event is often a sell-out.
“It’s more than just a fundraiser for our agency, it’s also a nice, casual mix-and-mingle kind of event for the entire community to come out and enjoy,” she said. “But we always hope that people leave with a better understanding of what we do – and how the funding they are helping us raise goes back to support the community.”
The event features live entertainment, food and drinks, multiple raffles, and a silent auction. Jacob-Toews added, each year will provide a fun opportunity for people to learn more about Community Links and the work the organization does in the community. This can be in the form of a presentation, a fun activity or game, or – like this year – a series of videos that showcase the organization’s children’s programming.
“We offer lots of support to families and children in Airdrie and the surrounding Rocky View County (RVC) community,” Jacob-Toews said. “Between our partnerships with the Airdrie Public Library, drop-ins at Bethany Care Centre and the many workshops and programs that we host on-site, we do so much in the community to provide support and education to parents and their kids.”
Thanks to the sponsorship of Fortis Alberta, who Jacob-Toews said has identified children’s programming as its “passion,” all of the money raised at Wine Down will go toward funding these programs and allowing Community Links to continue providing these services to Airdrie and the surrounding area.
“We are always overwhelmed by the number of people who donate, including our local business community,” Jacob-Toews said. “Regardless of how tough it is, we’ve always had such amazing support.”
The rest of the community has also actively supported the event over the past five years, Jacob-Toews noted. While many people will attend year after year, she said this year’s event will welcome a number of new faces – allowing for Community Links and its supporters to build new connections.
“A big part of what we do is helping people form those kinds of connections, not only to other people within the community but also to those people who can help them if they do experience challenges that they need support with,” she said. “We love having everyone come out who has been a supporter for years – we’ve always had such a great turnout for this event, and we are hoping to sell out again.”
Wine Down at The Woods begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at Woodside Golf Course, and tickets are available from Community Links. For more information, visit nrvcl.ab.ca