The Wild Rose Pavilion turned into a princess palace protected by super heroes at the Dreaming Out Loud Children’s Ball.
The inaugural presentation of the Lloydminster Interval Home Society was a sellout with plenty of happy children, parents, organizers and volunteers on hand.
“It’s been a great turnout,” said committee chair Angela Rooks-Trotzuk.
“Watching all of the kids’ expressions when they come in is pretty cool.”
Kurt Price from Lloyd 95.9 FM dressed as a town crier to herald the arrival of each child by name with most of the girls dressed as princesses and the boys as super heroes.
The ball was about providing a unique experience for young children with an evening themed to the Disney movie Frozen.
It will also become an annual fundraiser for a new shelter for women and children who face family violence and homeless.
“Being our first year in a smaller venue we are hoping to raise about $15,000,” said Rooks-Trotzuk, who thanked Bioclean Disaster Services for the title sponsorship.
“That has really helped to bring the calibre of the event up.
“Of course, I want to thank all of other sponsors, our organizing committee and the staff and volunteers of the Interval Home for putting it on.”
The decorating committee headed by Brenda Bennett turned the Pavilion into a wintery scene from Frozen.
The children were assisted by volunteer princesses including Snow White, Cinderella, Arielle and Belle and super heroes such as Spiderman, Mr. Incredible, Prince Beast and Captain America.
The children’s menu included a serving of Olaf’s Dilly Carrot Nose from the movie and snowflake mac and cheese pasta among the fun sounding choices.
“We have colouring activities, arts and crafts, toss the snowball; we have characters mingling around taking photographs with the kids,” said Rooks-Trotzuk.
Welcoming remarks were provided by committee member Kristy Miazga who took to the podium.
“I am so thrilled that you could all join us tonight for the inaugural Dreaming Out Loud Children’s Ball to help support the Interval Home’s new shelter complex,” said Miazga.
“We’re hoping that you enjoy this evening in the best way possible while spending time with your family and friends.”
There was also photo area for a keepsake print, and a VIP draw prize table with 10 tickets for $20.
After supper, Princess Belle led a storybook reading followed by entertainment by Lakeland College Performing Arts Students.