Legion ladies gearing up for first ‘Pre-Grammy’ gala

Duane Hicks

The Legion Ladies Auxiliary Br. #29 want you to feel like a celebrity next month.
The group is gearing up for its inaugural “Pre-Grammy Awards Gala” fundraiser dinner set for Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Legion here.
“It’s the very first gala event that we’ve done,” organizing committee member Giselle Calder told the Times.
“We’re excited about it,” she enthused. “We’ve gotten lots of good feedback on what we’re doing.”
The committee has been working on the event since last spring.
“It’s a big undertaking but it’s exciting,” Calder said.
The classy evening will see the Legion hall transformed by Diane Gibson (Gibson Design) into a fancy banquet area fit for the rich and famous.
The age-of-majority event not only will feature live entertainment (including some music “stars” that have been nominated for Grammys), raffles, and silent auctions, but specialty drinks and champagne.
There be a cocktail and appetizer reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by a special dinner at 7, including Chicken “Grammy” (Chicken Oscar), baby potatoes, roasted vegetables, spinach salad, and dessert.
Formal attire for the event is optional.
“You can dress as you are or dress as a star,” Calder noted.
“[But] we’re hoping people will dress up. The paparazzi will be there,” she hinted.
Tickets for the gala cost $50/person and will go on sale Jan. 15.
Seating is limited to 120 people (15 tables of eight).
Calder noted five of the 15 tables have been reserved for event sponsors, so she urged people to act fast to get their tickets by calling her at 274-9346 or Christina McDougall (271-4292 or 274-7848).
The auxiliary is holding the gala to raise funds so it can keep supporting many local community programs, as well as purchase new chairs for the Legion hall.
“We sponsor so many local causes,” Calder said. “We’re one of Riverside’s biggest contributors and we help veterans.
“We just dole out our money . . . and it’s not always things people know that we’re doing,” she added.
“If somebody comes to us in dire need for something, we’re there.
“We’re there for veterans, we’re there for community people,” Calder stressed
The Legion ladies serve up monthly suppers for the community and cater many funerals in the hall.
They also raise funds to support school activities and bursaries.
Additionally, the auxiliary sponsors air cadets, local and provincial youth sports activities, youth summer camp programs, and several other local youth charitable organizations.
But without the support of the community, the auxiliary wouldn’t be able to continue all of the good work it does.
One way to help out is to buy gala tickets, attend, and bring your wallet.
Other ways to help is to be a gala sponsor, to donate a silent auction items to be auctioned off at the gala, or make a monetary donation to the Legion Ladies Auxiliary Br. #29.
To be a sponsor, donate an item, or have any other questions answered, contact McDougall at 271-4292 or 274-7848 or via e-mail at me5679@hotmail.com