Miss Universe-Canada hopeful Akirta Sran is hosting a gala event at the Royal Canadian Legion on May 9 to raise money for a charitable cause as part of the pageant’s humanitarian involvement.
The event, called The Grape Gatsby, will give guests the opportunity to dress up and socialize in a 1920s style atmosphere while trying different kinds of wine, cheeses and chocolates.
Attendees can also take part in some fundraising activities with all the proceeds going to Operation Smile, a charity that provides surgeries to children in Third World countries who have facial conditions like cleft lip and cleft palate.
“When you come to the event there is going to be music and you can dress according to the theme, the roaring ‘20s flappers and dandies,” said Sran. “Also there are more opportunities to donate by participating in a mint raffle. You can purchase mints for $10 and then at the end of the night we draw a number, if it corresponds with your mint you win the grand prize.”
The grand prize for the mint raffle will be a patio set from Home Hardware and Sran will also have heads or tails bids that people can bet on with half the pot being split amongst the winners and half going to Operation Smile.
The wine for The Grape Gatsby will include red, white and sparkling varieties and there will be various cheeses to sample as well as dark, white and milk chocolates.
Aside from the fun factor, Sran said people will also get a chance to learn more about Operation Smile and see what the charity is all about.
“I’ll be talking about it, I should have videos about it and some flyers, so they’ll get lots of information. They’ll have the chance to donate to an amazing charity and they’re going to have a lot of fun,” she said.
The event also goes toward earning Sran the Humanitarian Award at the Miss Universe-Canada pageant as they judge contestants based on their charitable fundraisers.
“They look at how creative you were when you came up with the fundraiser, what was involved as well as how much you raised, how you raised awareness and what kind of audience you reached,” she said. “Raising awareness is the biggest thing, so they want to see how you targeted people to tell them about Operation Smile.”
Sran would also like people to know that voting for the People’s Choice Award is on until May 20. People can go to the Miss Universe-Canada website and cast a vote every six hours up to four times a day. Whichever contestant gets the most votes gets fast-tracked to the Top 20.
Those interested in tickets for the Grape Gatsby can purchase them at Liquor Junxin outlets or call Sran’s parents at 780-875-2966. They can also contact her directly on Facebook or call 403-978-7084.