Alzheimer Society fundraising gala coming up

Event features local celebrity waiters and waitresses

The Alzheimer Society’s ‘Making Sweet Memories’ Gala Dinner will be held on March 26 at the Holiday Inn on 67th St. and is anticipated to be an evening of fun for attendees.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour when people can bid on some of the silent auction items that are available.

“Making Sweet Memories is about bringing the community together for an evening of great food and remarkable entertainment in support of a cause that affects each and every one of us,” said Lianne Hazell, fund development coordinator for the local office of the Alzheimer Society.

In its first year, the Making Sweet Memories campaign had more than 100 guests. Individual tickets this year are $99 and tables of eight are $600. Of the ticket price, $35 will tax deductible.

“The gala draws people who want to have a wonderful evening, good food, enjoy great company and experience entertainment that they cannot get anywhere else in Red Deer,” said Hazell.

This gala is different from most others in Red Deer because the waiters and waitresses are celebrity members of the community who volunteer their time for the event.

Some of the guest celebrities include Andrew Kooman, playwright for She Has a Name, Greg Shannon, from KG Country; Dan Dyck from the World Financial Group and the MC for the night will be Tara Veer, City councillor.

“The celebrity waiters do indeed donate their time; what an amazing and selfless group of community builders.”

The Alzheimer Society has several fundraisers through the year, each one is designed to raise awareness and funds. This gala is the first of the year and is followed in quick succession by the Memory Walk on June 18th.

“Also, it is very important to note that we receive cash donations from individuals and groups throughout the year that we are so grateful for.”

Guests for the gala will enjoy a roasted Alberta Angus strip dinner followed by chocolate devotion cake with rum sauce.

The silent auction will run throughout the night and includes items like a coffee lovers package, a naughty but nice package including classes from Chair Tease Dance Studio, local art and a pet lovers’ package including a 4 Paws Dog Daycare gift card and a Kozy Kennels grooming package.

Guests can purchase ‘funny money’ and tip the waiters with it. The waiter earning the most will be named celebrity server of the year.

“Every guest from last years’ gala talked about the celebrity waiters; the novelty of this and how entertaining they all were.”

For more information visit or call the local office at 403-346-4636.

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