SPCA gets funny to raise money

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March 16, 2015 8:15 AM

The only thing better than a comedy club is a comedy club with giant Jenga.

On March 21, the Stockade Convention Centre will become just that, as it hosts the 11th annual Lloydminster SPCA Comedy Cabaret. Yuk Yuk’s comedians Derek Sweet and Kevin Stobo will be performing, as well as local musicians One Cent Melon.

“We’re trying to have some fun activities as well,” said Anmarie Bailey, funding and communications co-ordinator at the Lloydminster SPCA. “So while, yes, there’s the comedy happening, we’re trying to find other things that we can do so people can have a full night of fun and laughter.”

Some of these new activities coming to the cabaret include the addition of a caricature artists and the aforementioned jumbo Jenga.

“There’s going to be a life-sized Jenga game going, so that’s going to be lots of fun,” Bailey said. “The blocks are going to be human size. From what I’ve heard it’s lots of fun.”

Bailey says the SPCA hopes to raise $40,000 during the course of the event. This includes the price of tickets, as well as a 50/50 prize draw and a raffle for a $5,000 trip to Rome. There will also be the opportunity to make tax-deductible donations on-site.

“(The proceeds) goes to the day-to-day operations costs at the SPCA, as well as the Sick and Injured Animal Fund,” she said. “If there are shelter animals that are sick and injured, we can pay for them to have medial procedures done.”

The evening’s proceedings will start in the afternoon and run late into the night. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a roast beef dinner to be served at 6:30 p.m. The comedians will have the stage to themselves from 8 p.m. until the band is ready to play to 9:30 p.m. From then, the party continues until 2 a.m. the next day.

“Its going to be a full night for sure,” Bailey said. “Were hoping to have a really good turnout in the hundreds. From past experiences we’ve had a really good turnout, so we’re looking to repeat that. We’ve been getting a lot of calls here and a lot of tables booked so tickets are going for sure.”

Admission is $60 and tables of eight are available for $480. Tickets can be purchased at the Lloydminster SPCA, Mel’s Hair Shop, Pet Planet, Groomer Has It and M-R-Pets.

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