The 2018 Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off is just around the corner (April 14th) and the Class of 2018 is workin’ it hard hit their fundraising targets. This year, proceeds from the Dance Off will go towards helping to fund the Canada Games Celebration Plaza in Downtown Red Deer.
While typical legacy projects for the games will be proud fixtures for all Albertans, this is a unique project in that you don’t have to be an athlete or a spectator or involved in sports in any way in order to benefit. Canada Games Celebration Plaza will become a focal point in downtown Red Deer. Plaza, Park, Art, Culture, Celebration, Entertainment, Festivals… This is a special place where Central Albertans will gather day after day for decades to come. The launch of our new community space during the 2019 Canada Winter Games!
There are still a few great events leading up to the Dance Off where you can get involved and really have some fun. On March 23, Troy Gillard alongside fellow Dance Off participant John Young will be hosting the “Almost Famous” Pub Night at Bo’s Bar and Grill. The evening will include entertainment from 100th Meridian: A Tragically Hip Tribute Band, a array of cool silent auction items, door prizes and raffle prizes worth over $3,000! Tickets are $50. You hear a great band, have some awesome appy’s, and get a tasty beverage from Troubled Monk!
Shine up your slider and get to the Pidherney Centre in Red Deer on March 27, for the “Sweeping with the Stars Charity Bonspiel“. This exciting one day ‘Speed’ Spiel will be hosted by Dance Off contestants and former Olympians, Melissa Hollingsworth and Carla Macleod. You can enter you own team or just watch the tournament and enjoy dinner. The night includes a live and silent auction, a panel featuring Olympians John Morris, Kaitlyn Lawes and Denny Morrison, and the curling rock auction for the $50,000 draw to the button.
If you can’t make it out to the above events, you can support them with an online donation. Click on their names to go right to their donation pages.
The Friends of the Red Deer Regional Hospital play a critical role in patient comfort
There are a lot of moving parts (excuse the pun) in Red Deer’s annual Celebrity Dance Off. But in the end, Dance Off sets out to accomplish two goals with each performance. One is to raise funds for a much needed cause in our region. Two is to raise the profile of that same cause. In the long run, the second goal is probably more important. A higher profile can mean more ongoing support from volunteers and through donations.
In 2019 the Celebrity Dance Off partnered with the Friends of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. Here’s what Dance Off Chair Christine Moore said when the partnership was announced.
“With roots going back to 1904, this group of dedicated volunteers have fundraised to support the care and comfort of patients at our hospital. Over the last 38 years, they have raised over $7 million. They exemplify everything about volunteerism and giving back to the community. They are the unsung heroes of our hospital.”
And this comes from the Friends website: “our mission is to facilitate innovative fundraising programs for equipment and services that benefit patient care and comfort in the Red Deer Regional Hospital…
Our fundraising dollars are geared to the purchase of medical furniture and fixtures, and to patient care and comfort up to a maximum of $4,999.00 per item. The Friends Centre assists with the provision of day-to-day supplies and comfort items. This includes personal grooming items, nursing supplies such as blood pressure monitors, blanket warmers and furniture for the units to share.”
Sometimes though it’s just best to ask those who see the benefits the Friends bring every day… Please enjoy this video.
Travolta and Newton-John wrap up the Celebrity Dance Off
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. ..
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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