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Stettler Health Services Foundation set for 2023 edition of Festival of Lights

The Stettler Health Services Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year is set to kick off before the end of November.
The Stettler Community Hall decorated for the Festival of Lights Gala in 2022. (Studio Ashmor photo)

The Stettler Health Services Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year is set to kick off before the end of November.

Stettler’s Festival of Lights will open on Nov. 28 with a pancake breakfast sponsored by Atco at the Stettler Community Hall. Doors for the pancake breakfast will open at 7 a.m. While at the community hall, check out all the different items in the silent auction which will be running through the week.

That evening, be sure to get your tickets for an evening of Christmas spirit, seasonal snacks and entertainment. Tickets are going fast, and available at Grate Kitchen.

On Nov. 29, stop in for a Seniors’ Tea from 1:30-3:30 p.m. In addition to the tea, check out the artisan’s market and the silent auction!

Stop in at Grate Kitchen before Nov. 29 to get tickets to the Live Arrangement event taking place at the Community hall that evening, where participants will be able to create their own unique table centrepiece.

On Nov. 30, stop in at the Community Hall again for the A&W burgers and beers event. Dress warmly and go for a sleigh ride with Jim Long and his horse team. The burgers and beers event will be running from 5-7 p.m., but Long and his horses will be out, weather permitting, from 4:30-8 p.m.

Dec. 1 will be the final opportunity for people to get their silent auction bids in; the auction will close at 1 p.m. following the Holly Jolly lunch, running from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. In addition to the silent auction, the artisan’s market will also run for a final time.

To wrap up the week of festivities, the committee will be hosting its annual, already sold-out, gala.

“We never sell out the gala,” said Amy Roberts, the Festival of Lights committee chair.

“I’m blown away at the generosity of the community.”

Outside of the special events, the artisan’s market and silent auction will be open to the public Tuesday to Thursday from noon to 5 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. Admission into the market and auction is a cash donation.

With the exception of the Christmas spirit event, the Live Arrangement evening, and the gala, all events are admission at the door.

For 2023, the Festival of Lights committee is aiming to raise $100,000 for two Panda infant warmers for the labour and delivery suite and four intravenous infusion pumps.

Kevin Sabo

About the Author: Kevin Sabo

I’m Kevin Sabo. I’ve been a resident of the Castor area for the last 12 years and counting, first coming out here in my previous career as an EMT.
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