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By Geoff Lee

March 7, 2017 12:00 AM

Mock wedding to raise money for Lori Craven charity

Jayde Maier is making a final pitch for people to attend a mock wedding to raise money for this year’s Lori Craven Memorial Ball Tournament.
The Great Gatsby-themed fundraiser is coming up quickly on March 11 at 8 p.m. at the Centennial Civic Centre with tickets still available for $25 a person.
“It’s like a wedding dance,” said Maier, who added all of the decorations will be Gatsby themed.
“We encourage everyone to try to dress up 1920s just to give it a little extra fun for people.”
The event will also feature a pretend wedding of area couple Madison Helm and Dusty Heeks, who won the chance to be the bride and groom by getting the most likes on a facebook photo contest.
Others who attend will get the chance to dance and mix and mingle with new people for a great cause.
Tickets are available at All-Nu Autobody, Rock Creek Tap & Grill or by phoning 780-808-1950.
The upbeat evening will include a DJ, a silent auction a 50/50 draw, a midnight lunch and a bar to raise money for the Lori Craven slo-pitch tournament.
The 16th annual tournament will be held on the third weekend of August to raise money for sick kids and families in the Lloydminster area who need help with medical expenses.
“It’s just hard the last couple of years with everything in the economy in the downturn, so it will be nice to give them an extra sum of money to help a couple of extra families before the tournament arrives,” said Maier.
Maier and many of her committee members who play in the co-ed tournament were inspired by the example of their parents who run the 32-team tournament.
“It’s just crazy to watch for years, like your parents put this organization on and it actually makes difference in the community, so we wanted to give it our shot at it too,” said Maier.
Her mom, Gerry, is one of the lead organizers for the annual tournament.
The very first one in 2002 was held to raise money for Craven herself—who had cancer—so she could afford a trip to Seattle, Wash. for treatment.
She died before treatment and passed the money on to some friends with illnesses and to some sports teams and others in need.
“To see any sort of amount of money being donated to the Lori Craven literally is all that we’re in for,” said Maier.

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