Creating memories and positive experiences for families and children will be the focus of the Lloydminster Interval Home Society’s inaugural Dreaming Out Loud children’s ball, which is scheduled for next spring.
“The tagline is called ‘Make a Memory, Change a Life, Make a Difference,’” said Angela Rooks-Trotzuk, executive director of the Interval Home.
“Our goal is to raise funds for the Lloydminster Interval Home Society, but the offshoot of that is to make a night for children to come out and feel special and feel just like the night is for them. Of course, parents would accompany the children and hopefully they’re making memories for their family.”
The plan is to put the money raised at the ball toward a potential new shelter that Rooks-Trotzuk says is just in the planning stage. Right now, the Interval Home has a 21-bed emergency shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence and an apartment complex that they use for what’s called a “second stage shelter,” where women and children can stay for up to a year in their own individual apartments with supports and programming in place to help them.
They also have community outreach and public education programs as well as a second-hand store, but the new building they are looking at is hoped to be used as a combined emergency and second stage shelter, complete with programming, all in one facility.
As for the ball, the Interval Home is planning to go over-the-top to make it as memorable as possible for the families that attend.
“(It’s about) having a positive experience and having a positive association with the Lloydminster Interval Home as well,” Rooks-Trotzuk said of the night’s goal. “The ball is going to be very Disney-esque. There are going to be princesses and superheroes in costume and in character. It’ll be like a royal ball, so we’re hoping to have trumpeters playing and announcing supper. We’re having activities for each of the children and there will be entertainment and a dance for the kids afterwards to wrap it up.”
The idea for the event came from an Interval Home board member who attended a similar “princess ball” that was geared toward girls and their moms. She says they took the idea and put their own spin on it to make it accessible for the entire family. The inaugural Dreaming Out Loud children’s ball, which is scheduled for March 2016, will also feature local entertainment, a candy store and a slushy machine for the children to enjoy.