Tale as Old as Time
Each year, when we begin to dream up ideas for our Imagine Gala, we look to the stories that inspired us as children, and this year’s gala was inspired by Beauty and the Beast.
The story of a prince cursed into the form of a monster and the beautiful woman who falls in love with him has been retold again and again, and in each retelling, love always overcomes all obstacles on the way to a happy ending.
The love we felt at the Imagine Gala: Enchanted Castle on Oct. 14 proved that with love comes generosity, hope, and a tremendous outpouring of support for the Kottage and the families we serve.
It was truly a magical evening. The ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald had been transformed into a beautiful rose-strewn enchanted castle. Our guests were entertained by harpist Terry McDade, and two young singers, Sofiya Chvojka and Cayenna Pisani, and then treated to a candy bar and an elegant dinner, and entertained by our amazing emcees, Thomas Lukaszuk and Stacey Brotzel. Our auction was lively and entertaining, led by Sine Chadi, and your generosity was overwhelming.
Our gala would not have been as much of a success without the dinner sponsorship of Elegant Touches, Arpi’s North Inc., the Tony and Daniela Franceschini Family Fund at the Edmonton Community Foundation, and the supporting sponsorship of the Ben Sawatzky Foundation and Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP.
We also need to thank our auction donors, Quickfire Cookery, Bin 104, Wendy and Bryan Burrell, Flaman, Mammoet, Allendale Construction, Basketbelle, Beck Antiques and Jewellery, Color de Vino, the Hardware Grill, Kline Fine Jewellery and Design, and Lewis Lavoie, who painted a gorgeous piece of art depicting a dragon perched on a castle live during the event and then added it to the auction! Also, thank you to Data Print Group of Companies, the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, Amplomedia, The Big Idea Graphic Design, Production World, Sparkle Entertainment, and WestWorld Computers Ltd.
Congratulations to Jey Arul, winner of a beautiful morganite and diamond ring from Kline Fine Jewellery and Design, and Michelle Dirks, winner of an amethyst and diamond pendant and earrings set from Becks Diamonds and Antiques!