Spirit of Giv­ing Gala a new way to give to lo­cal fam­i­lies

Medicine Hat News - - HOMETOWN NEWS - TIM KALI­NOWSKI tkali­nowski@medicine­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHNTimKal

Ev­ery year the spirit of Christ­mas is rekin­dled anew in the hearts and minds of Hat­ters by the con­tin­u­ing ef­forts of the Medicine Hat

News Santa Claus Fund to bring joy, warmth and hap­pi­ness to those in need in the Yule­tide sea­son.

In keep­ing with this mis­sion, the SCF is proud to spon­sor its lat­est ini­tia­tive by hold­ing its first an­nual “Spirit of Giv­ing Gala and Christ­mas Tree Auc­tion” at the Medicine Hat Lodge on Nov. 23.

“We felt it was some­thing unique and would in­crease aware­ness of our work in the com­mu­nity,” says SCF ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Deanna Do­erk­son. “It is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als alike to show their sup­port for the Santa Claus Fund. We couldn’t do what we do to help needy lo­cal fam­i­lies with­out the con­tin­ued sup­port of our com­mu­nity.”

While the event will fea­ture a three-course plated meal, Christ­mas-themed en­ter­tain­ment and a fes­tive at­mos­phere, the high­light of the evening will cer­tainly be the char­ity Christ­mas tree auc­tion.

Eight uniquely-dec­o­rated, full-sized Christ­mas trees spon­sored by lo­cal busi­nesses will be up for bid, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the Santa Claus Fund. The daz­zling trees will be on dis­play at Medicine Hat Lodge through­out the week lead­ing up to the night of the “Spirit of Giv­ing Gala.”

“The Santa Claus Fund has been ser­vic­ing our com­mu­nity in Medicine Hat for the past 31 years,” says Do­erk­son. “We are pro­vid­ing fam­i­lies liv­ing in poverty the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the spirit of Christ­mas.

“Not only do we pro­vide our Christ­mas meal vouch­ers for fam­i­lies, but toys, hy­giene items and stock­ing stuffers for the chil­dren. We help to lessen the fi­nan­cial and emo­tional stress these fam­i­lies are go­ing through at Christ­mas time.”

Tick­ets for the Santa Claus Fund’s “Spirit of Giv­ing Gala and Christ­mas Tree Auc­tion” can be pur­chased on­line at eventbrite.ca, in per­son at the cor­po­rate of­fices of the Medicine Hat Lodge or by call­ing 403-928-9900. Tick­ets are $70 each.

NEWS PHOTO TIM KALI­NOWSKI

The Medicine Hat News Santa Claus Fund ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Deanna Do­erk­son is ex­cited about the Spirit of Giv­ing Gala com­ing up on Nov. 23.

NEWS PHOTO TIM KALI­NOWSKI

The high­light of the gala event will be the Christ­mas Tree Auc­tion, where sev­eral lo­cally-spon­sored trees will go to the high­est bid­der.

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