By Emily Jaycox For the Independent
Get your tickets soon to be a part of an elegant and fun evening of paying tribute to law enforcement and enjoying rock ‘n’ roll music while helping to support victims of crime and tragedy.
The Stettler RCMP and Heartland Victim Services (HVS) Regimental Ball will be held on Saturday, April 27 at the Stettler Community Hall.
According to Sarah Eades, HVS assistant program manager, 75 to 80 per cent of the tickets have already been sold.
The evening begins with cocktails at 5 p.m., then a short ceremony at 5:30, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.
The ceremony will include an introduction of the head table, a speech from the master of ceremonies Sgt. Phil Penny, a bagpipe player, a toast to the queen and remembering fallen members.
“It’s a time to recognize, greet, and show respect to the current, past, and fallen members within the RCMP,” said Eades.
Entertainment for the evening will be provided by The Chevelles, a four-piece rock ’n’ roll band from Lethbridge that tours across Canada.
The band plays hits from each decade of rock ‘n’ roll.
They have a good following and are well-known in the Stettler area, says Eades.
“They will definitely set the tone for a fun evening.”
Attire for the evening is semi-formal.
The silent auction will open at 8 p.m.
There will also be a raffle item and a 50/50 draw.
HVS is a non-profit organization that provides short-term support and referrals to victims of crime and tragedy.
All the proceeds of the night go towards victim expenses such as transportation to shelters, hotel accomodations, food and clothing.
Because Stettler is in a rural area, there are added expenses when transporting victims to shelters in larger centres or providing hotel accommodations.
HVS receives grant funding through Alberta Justice and the Solicitor General, but it does not allocate funds for victim expenses.
“It is important for us to raise money to ensure we have ability to continue to provide this extremely important service to our communities members when in need,” said Eades.
“We see quite a steady influx of files,” she said, adding many are related to domestic violence and property damage.
Tickets are $60 per person or $450 for a table of eight and are available at Wells Furniture or calling HVS at 403-741-7840.
Those unable to attend can still make a donation by contacting Eades at HVS.
Information on the event can be found on the Facebook page “Heartland Victim Services-Stettler.”