Ball a success

By Geoff Lee

April 6, 2017 12:00 AM

IS ARRR-VERYBODY HAPPY? Arynn Campbell and her daughter, Emily, dressed as Tinker Bell, paused for a photo at the Dreaming Out Loud Children's Ball to raise funds for Interval Home. Another daughter Elle also came as Tinker Bell. About 400 people attended the fun event at the Lloydminster Stockade Convention Centre on April 1

Neverland magically morphed into together land for this year’s Dreaming Out Loud Children’s Ball.
The transformation took place at the Lloydminster Stockade Convention Centre on April 1 with 391 kids and parents in attendance, more than double that of last year’s inaugural ball presented by the Lloydminster Interval Home Society
The place was swarming with happy kids dressed as Peter Pans, Captain Hooks, Tinker Bells and fairies with the Neverland theme in play.
“Our goal was to get to 450, but after the feedback from last year’s event, we were pretty sure we would get close to double,” said Angela Rooks-Trotzuk, the organization’s executive director.
“It’s just a nice family event that isn’t being done in Lloydminster right now.”
The event raised about $30,000 on sales of tickets at $75 apiece for the Interval Home Society that is planning to build a new women’s shelter.
“We’re just working out some land options and trying to get that put together,” said Rooks-Trotzuk who was stoked by the turnout and the cause.
“We’re pretty excited we were able to bring it with the help of all the volunteers on behalf of all the women and children that are impacted by family violence.”
The Children’s Ball was sponsored by Bioclean Disaster Services and included a family dinner, entertainment and a dance.
The fun stuff included a walk the plank challenge with a hungry looking plastic alligator hoping for a meal and a pirate ship with the Neverland setting.
There was also a tent for making crafts, a ring toss onto a Captain Hook-type hook, a tattoo parlour, a glitter store and a Sweet Shop with candies.
The themed event worked well said Rooks-Trotzuk since the Neverland characters appeal to the whole family.
“We want boys to be involved as well, so we thought Peter Pan was a really great theme that allows us to have some pretty awesome decorations while including the whole family,” said Rooks-Trotzuk.

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