You can almost hear the applause in advance of Friday night’s 2016 President’s Gala Friday night at the Lloydminster campus of Lakeland College.
More than 300 friends and supporters of the college are expected to attend the gala to celebrate education and student success.
“We are just wrapping up our school year and it’s a great time to celebrate – one big hurrah before everyone jumps into the exam mode,” said Georgina Altman, vice-president of advancement.
This will be the fourth annual gala with an aim to raise about $20,000 for student scholarships with a silent auction and a live auction.
There is a also a lraffle for a one year lease for a Lexus luxury vehicle and a piece from Richardson’s Jewellery.
“We are really pleased with the support that the college is getting from the Lloydminster region,” said Altman.
The event will also feature a music performance by Canadian country music icon Michelle Wright.
The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee has had success in Canada and the United States.
In a phone call to the Source from Nashville, Wright said, “We’ll bring the party to Lloydminster.
“We’re probably doing the hits – I’ve had 25 top 10 singles and seven or eight number ones – just keeping the show rockin and up tempo.”
Her top hits include “Take It Like a Man, “One Time Around”, Guitar Talk”, “One Good Man”, “Nobody’s Girl” and “Crank My Tractor.”
Wright will be supported with a five piece band at the gala.
Wright and other guests including Lakeland president Alice Wainwright-Stewart will be introduced by student emcees Stephanie Wakefield and Lucas Tetreault in keeping with the student-run gala.
Wakefield is a university transfer student in pre-veterinary medicine and Tetreault is studying Heavy Oil Power Engineering.
The pair was chosen for the roles following auditions at both campuses leaving both of them somewhat speechless.
“I’m just not sure why I was chosen,” said Wakefield at first.
“I have been public speaking for a little while – I am comfortable in front of people.”
Wakefield said she is not nervous about having to co-introduce Wright with Tetreault.
“I already know a lot about her because her music growing up has been all over the radio,” she said.
Tetreault said he was also feeling cool as a cucumber knowing he would have speaking notes but he said, “It’s coming quick.”
Tetreault will emcee wearing a Tuxedo loaned by Cliff Rose for Clothes while Wakefield will be dressed to the nines in a gown loaned by Twice as Nice.
“That was nice, especially being a college student,” said Tetreault about the clothing.
Wakefield will be showing off some donated jewelry with her formal wear.
“There was quite a gathering to help me pick out the dress,” she said.
“It’s a nice excuse to dress up – this is the first gala I’ve attended.”
About 75 students are involved in the event organization from emceeing and decorating to providing auction items and serving a four-course meal.
“It’s providing opportunities for leadership roles,” said Altman.
“So one of the things that Lakeland is really proud of is our ability for our students to lead the learning.”
She said the emcees will demonstrate their ability to speak in public.
Construction students built garden sheds for auction items and estheticians will provide a spa day.
“There’s all kinds of things that give them the ability to showcase what they do here and how they can really benefit when they are out in industry,” said Altman.