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Hospice Takes Us Back To The 80’S With ‘Luxe Lounge’

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  • Grab your tickets to gain access to Red Deer Hospice’s gala.

    On February 25th, Red Deer’s Sheraton Hotel’s Special Events Centre will be transformed into the 80’s style high-end club the hospice is calling the Luxe Lounge.

    Guests will enjoy VIP treatment all night starting with a red carpet hosted by Todayville’s own Lloyd Lewis, complete with paparazzi followed by specialty drinks, a 4-course dinner, auctions, raffles and a great band.

    In 2001, the gala was introduced as part of a capital campaign to finance construction of Red Deer Hospice. Four years later in September of 2005 after much hard work, the hospice house opened its doors. Founding partners Deb Petty, Bonnie Bredo, Patti Morris and Joe Tabler came up with the idea of a gala.

    The galas have proved to be among their best opportunities to educate the community about Hospice.  The family members of former residents often come back in support of the place and the people who cared for their loved ones.

    Lori Dufresne, Events Coordinator, says,” We’ve been successful for the past few years. We sell out every year, We’ve had a different theme starting with Dancing With the Stars for the first two years followed by Celebrity Chef for another two years and last year, we did a Funhouse theme.”

    There is no charge to stay at Red Deer Hospice even if personal financial restrictions are an issue;  no one is ever denied access because of money. The hospice has an agreement with AHS to fund a portion of the operating costs in terms of nursing staff. As a not-for-profit society the hospice depends primarily on donations and fundraising efforts in order to meet the annual operational budget.

    Over the years the Hospice Gala has raised over 1 million dollars.  Red Deer Hospice relies on the gala as it is the major fundraising event every year. Last year the event raised approximately $160,000.

    The Hospice Gala is considered one of the top events each year on the city’s social calendar.

    Act quickly if you want to go because there are less than 150 tickets remaining. Single tickets cost $200 and come with a $100 charitable tax receipt.

    To purchase tickets you can call the Red Deer Hospice directly at (403) 309-4344  or Click Here To Purchase Online

    (Photos by Ashley Jackson Photography)


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    Lindsay has lived in Red Deer for over 22 years she made her way down from Grande Prairie when she was about a week old. She admires what Red Deer has to offer as a community. She is also passionate about photojournalism and the story it portrays.

    Celebrity Dance Off

    Travolta and Newton-John wrap up the Celebrity Dance Off

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  • Trevor Sopracolle went from watching the Celebrity Dance Off last year, to being front and centre this year!  Trevor was the first “Oil Man” in the Celebrity Dance Off.  Hopefully the first of many.  He’s also one of the toughest looking Travolta’s you’ll ever see.  Trevor and his pro partner Alex McPherson wrapped up the show with a brilliant choice of music from Grease.  “Olivia” was amazing.. and “John” turned the world upside down.  See for yourself. .. 

    My Story…

    I was born in Goodsoil, Saskatchewan and moved to Alberta when I was in grade 3 and spent most of my youth in Consort.

    I lost my Dad to cancer when I was in high school and so I grew up fast. At 17 I secured a loan for a 2-bedroom house with a dirt floor basement. To make ends meet, I worked as a tire technician at the local tire shop while attending high school. One of the only benefits of owning your own place in high school is having the coolest parties after the high school dances!

    I moved to Red Deer in 1999 at the age of 19 and began working at Fountain Tire. Not long later a local snubbing company hired me. Over a 10-year period I worked my way up becoming a senior supervisor overseeing most of the higher-class pressure jobs and many overseas projects. In 2008, Garrett Radchenko and I started Goliath Snubbing Ltd., and we haven’t looked back.

    I have also been blessed with the best kids a Dad could ask for. Being a single Dad with three kids under 8 definitely keeps me busy.


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    Celebrity Dance Off

    This dentist has a sweet tooth for the dance floor!

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  • Good chance most people don’t think of dentists and fun at the same time.  Well then most people haven’t met Dr Isaac Day yet.  The Innisfail dentist and father of 6 certainly knows how to have a good time.  Day and pro dancer Jinelle Themig nearly brought the roof down at the Cambridge Conference Centre.. especially when they shocked the crowd with one of the riskiest tricks we’ve ever seen at this competition.  Bet you can’t watch this just once.  It’s too much fun!

    My Story…

    A competitive fundraiser for a great cause? I’m all in!
    I am the founder of Day Dental and we have the best dental team and patients ever. With their support, we will keep the Mirror Ball trophy where it belongs…in Innisfail!
    While Innisfail has been home for my family and me for the last 7 years, I was born and raised in Edmonton where I completed my Bachelor of Medical Science and my Doctor of Dental Surgery. After working in Edmonton, my wife and I packed up our kids and moved to Central Alberta.
    I enjoy different experiences, personally and professionally, from working in a cosmetically driven dental practice in Edmonton to being the dentist at the Bowden Prison. When a new experience presents itself, the answer is YES. So when the opportunity to participate in the Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off presented itself, I knew I couldn’t turn it down.
    I am looking forward to helping this great cause, and to trying something new and exciting, and most definitely out of my comfort zone!


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