Time almost up for tickets

Megan Walchuk

The biggest pyjama party of the year is just around the corner, and time is running out on early bird pricing.

The Pjs and Pearls Gala Early bird pricing is $60, but only until March 15. The ticket includes dinner, entertainment, party games and a chance to win a weekend getaway. From March 16 to the day of the Gala, April 4, tickets will be $70.

But don’t delay, said event organizer Giselle Calder. Although there’s still space left for the age of majority event, tickets are selling well, and are expected to sell out.

The Gala is a large scale fundraiser for the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary Branch 29, to raise funds to complete a kitchen renovation. The Legion kitchen is a host to many local events and dinners, with proceeds being donated back to the community, noted Calder.

The event has been months in the making, and the volunteer committee is excited to throw a party to remember.

“We’ve had a chance to assemble all the Swag Bags and prizes, and it just looks so amazing,” said organizer Giselle Calder. “It’s just awesome. We can’t thank the community businesses enough for their contributions. They’ve been so awesome.”

The committee has hired Todd Moxham, owner of Cater 2 U, to work his magic with stuffed chicken breast, spinach salad, and “a to die for dessert and sweets table,” said Calder. “It will be covered with so many cakes and cookies and sweets!”

Entertainment will be a skit by local playwright Tracey Gibson and her troupe. The dress code is open; come in anything that makes you feel unwound and comfortable said Calder. However, for those who come in pyjamas, there will be a pyjama judging contest, with the categories of sexiest, cutest and most practical. Between nibbles at the sweets table, party-goers can have fun with free games, like the selfie booth or the Menopause Scavenger Hunt, or they can buy tickets to the penny table or bid on silent auction items. There are prizes to suit every woman’s taste, young and old, including the popular Giggles and Bubbles prize basket, which includes an assortment of adult refreshments. “There’s really something for everyone. You don’t have to be young or old to enjoy this. We’ve had people who say they’d like to come, but think they’re too old, but they’re not. Everything is geared entirely to women. If you’re a woman, and you like to have fun, then show up,” said Calder. For those who plan to have fun at the bar, there is a free taxi service to get everyone home safe.

Volunteers have had fun assembling Swag Bags as well. The contents are a secret until they’re purchased. Although all are a great value on their own, part of the fun can be trading contents with others to get the best loot, said Calder. But one lucky lady won’t be swapping – one bag contains a weekend yoga retreat, led by Grace Cridland, at the Manitou Weather Station resort on Lower Lake Manitou. The resort boasts remote cabins, pristine scenery, hot tub and sauna. “It’s two nights. You do yoga out on the dock. It’s an amazing weekend,” said Calder.

To RSVP for the event, call or text Christina McDougall at 807-271-4292, or e-mail her at pcmcdougall@outlook.com.