President's Gala steps things up


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December 18, 2014 9:07 AM

The Olive Tree's Becky Schille was on hand at the Lloydminster Rotary Club's Monday meeting where they held their annual Christmas auction. The Rotary club raised $12,200 for the Olive Tree, Salvation Army and Avery Outreach School. - Don Whiting Photo

Tickets for next year’s Lakeland College President’s Gala are now up for grabs. The third annual event, taking place on March 27, 2015, will have fine dining, big prizes and include some top Canadian talent.

“Really, we are increasing it this year to be more entertainment and higher profile,” said Nadine Walker-Perry, Lakeland’s manager of donor relations and research. “(It’s) a celebration of students and community members and it’s really to have an evening of fun and celebration and highlight the students as we raise money for them specifically.”

All the money from the gala will go to creating scholarships, awards and bursaries for the students. The event will include a performance by Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida, singer for Our Lady Peace, live and silent auctions, and some big prize raffles.

Walker-Perry said Kreviazuk and Maida, who do a great deal of humanitarian work, liked what the event was about and were happy to be a part of it.

“Sometimes they’ll come together and do a show if it’s as a fundraiser and they loved the fact that it was a fundraiser for students and education and they were glad to come on board,” she said.

The gala will also have a “northern lights” theme this time and the last gala’s entertainment sponsor, Synergy Credit Union, will take the place of title sponsor.

“We are adding a few different things this year, going along again with the theme, we’re having a truffle and ice wine bar which we’re going to be highlighting different ice wines and have different kinds of truffles,” said Walker-Perry.

“It’s going to be a really nice add on to the evening.”

People who take part in the raffle will have the chance to win a car for a year, his and hers Michael Kors watches, $1,000 spending money and a hot destination trip.

Organizers for the event are still looking for some key sponsors and are asking businesses who want to encourage local education to contact Walker-Perry if they are interested in the opportunity.

“Any kind of businesses that support education or support Lakeland as a pillar of the community and support the proceeds going toward students, we would love to work with them and see what kind of opportunities there are,” said Walker- Perry.

Tickets are $250 per person with $125 tax receipt or a table of eight for $2000 with a $1,000 tax receipt and can be purchased at the Vic Juba Community Theatre box office.

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