At Beyond the Bling

At Beyond the Bling

Library’s fundraiser draws community support

The Stettler Public Library hosted one of its biggest annual fundraisers in tune to a Hawaiian theme as community members came...

The Stettler Public Library hosted one of its biggest annual fundraisers in tune to a Hawaiian theme as community members came in large numbers to support the event and enjoy an evening of fun and revelry on Saturday night, March 12.

Classified as an adult event with alcoholic beverages being served, for the first time this year, the library was devoid of a single kid as the adults took over the floor, participating in trivia quiz and having a fun time.

“Alicia Tate was our program coordinator in 2013 and came up with the idea originally, but what started out as a ladies’ night became a more inclusive event as we expanded to include men too this year,” said Mary Zazelenchuk, manager at the Stettler Public Library. “Besides fundraising this event is hosted for the purposes of advocacy and we’re hoping that people who aren’t typically library patrons visit the space, see how welcoming it is, get some information about events and services, and then come back.”

According to Zazelenchuk, the library would like to bring people together from the community and have them look at the library in a new and different way.

“We had a Hawaiian theme to mostly have some fun and focus activities a little bit,” said Zazelenchuk. “There were ladies from Posh Nails, while Aesthetics and Day Spa came in and provided spa services, Nadine Primrose did activities with essential oils, and Amy Schwartz of Big Hipster Hoops did hula hooping.”

There were also trivia, door prizes, raffles and refreshments served, besides a photo booth.

“There were a lot of businesses in the Stettler area that donated to the event in one way or another, among which were Stettler Co-op Liquor Store, Aspen Ford, No Frills, Wells Furniture, Posh Nails, Aesthetics and Day Spa, Nadine Primrose, Big Hipster Hoops, Alberta Prairie Steam Tours, Canalta Hotel Stettler, Panda Flowers, Boston Pizza, OK Tire, Woody’s Automotive Ltd., Brenda’s Cozy Café, and Heartland Auto,” added Zazelenchuk. “It’s always a busy time, but also a lot of fun.”

The library will use any money raised towards window blinds in the children’s area. , “In the summer they’ll help a lot with heat regulation and also block light to allow us to show movies or presentations with slide shows,” said Zazelenchuk explaining the need for the blinds.