The event’s roots stretch back to 2003 when George Chuvalo, a five-time Canadian heavyweight champion and two-time world heavyweight title challenger, was the keynote speaker. Other years saw Catriona Le May Doan, Gordie Howe, Kevin Lowe and many more take the stage.
This year’s keynote speaker is Kevin Martin.
“Martin has been in Athabasca before, and he is a much-loved curler who influenced the game in myriad ways,” says Rob Balay. “He is energetic and engaging as a five-time world champion and Olympic gold medallist. We are looking forward to hearing him share his story.”
An ambassador for the sport, Martin travels the world promoting the many things to love about curling. He holds training sessions to get the next generation excited about the game, and to ensure curling remains an active part of Canada’s sporting future.
Another thing to look forward to is the MC and auctioneer, Danny Hooper. Using a blend of humour, talent and with an uncanny ability to read the room, he has helped deserving non-profits across North America raise millions for their causes.
The event also provides great opportunities for businesses to engage through sponsorships. Gold ($1,500), diamond ($2,500) and platinum ($5,000) level sponsorships are available.
Natasha Kapitaniuk says, “Sponsorships are vital to help ensure the costs are kept low so the most money possible can be raised and put back into the community to maintain the Rotary trails, toboggan hill, help with our commitment to the Athabasca Regional Multiplex and other amazing community initiatives.”
The Rotary Club is currently collecting items for the auction. Items valued at $1,500 or more will be part of the live auction and items under that amount will be part of the silent auction. This gives each person multiple opportunities to bid on items as they mingle and visit. Contact Kapitaniuk or Balay before October 10 to have donated items included in the auction booklet. (Items can be donated after the 10th, but there's no guarantee you will get that extra advertising from the booklet promotion.)
The Rotary Club is excited to be hosting the Celebrity Dinner and Auction once again. Kapitaniuk says, “During the pandemic, when we couldn't hold the event in person, it was missed in the community. We are excited to be able to bring the event back in its traditional form this year. Many businesses, large and small, use the gala as a way to celebrate an elegant evening together, enjoy a great meal, see some fantastic entertainment and give back.”
To learn more, provide a sponsorship, or donate an auction item, contact: Natasha Kapitaniuk at 780-689-9847, or [email protected]; Rob Balay at 780-327-9646 or rbalay5[email protected]. For event updates and other Rotary news, visit the website and follow along on Facebook and Instagram.