Attendees of the Bashaw Boys and Girls Club’s big annual ladies night out fundraiser enjoy the music on the dance floor. The fun evening went into the early hours of the morning with St. James Gate keeping the tunes going. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Attendees of the Bashaw Boys and Girls Club’s big annual ladies night out fundraiser enjoy the music on the dance floor. The fun evening went into the early hours of the morning with St. James Gate keeping the tunes going. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Strong support shown at Bashaw Boys and Girls Club fundraiser

The fundraiser brought the band, St. James Gate, to Bashaw for the Bashaw Boys and Girls Club

The Bashaw Boys and Girls Club (BBGC) fundraiser Oct. 14 proved to be a fun time for attendees.

The annual Ladies Night Out fundraiser saw entertainment from the popular central Alberta group, St. James Gate, along with an excellent supper. Attendees also had the chance to bid on a large variety of silent auction items.

Leanne McCarrol, president of the Bashaw Youth Foundation, said the fundraiser is always an exciting event. This year with St. James Gate entertaining, it gave the ladies a chance to get out on the floor and dance until the early hours of the morning.

The fundraiser has been going on for the last 11 years and it seems to get bigger and bigger.

“The Bashaw ladies support us every year. The Bashaw ladies have always come out,” said McCarrol.

She added that organizers never have to worry about cancelling as there’s always a large number of tickets that are sold.

This year the BBGC has a new program coordinator eager to bring a host of new programming to members year-round.

One of the biggest benefits that come out of this fundraiser is that the organization can create programming at affordable prices for the kids.

A big focus continues to be to remove stigmas around the club. “A lot of people think it’s the bad kids or the kids that don’t have their parents home very much.”

“But it’s not. It’s all the kids and we have a lot of farm kids that come in as well,” added McCarrol.

Along with getting kids out into the community, there are programs that are educational in nature.

Most recently, members made homemade flowers and took them out to the Bashaw businesses as well as residents. It got kids out into the town getting to know folks in the area.

“They get a sense of community. We’re also offering some leadership programs in the food industry,” said McCarrol.

The BBGC is working on giving the kids a chance to earn credits with that food program.

Full fundraising dollars weren’t known at press time.