Friday, September 11, 2009

Join in the Heroes of Heart Gala

I have a great family!  I really do.  And it’s things like this that remind me of this.  The following is something that they have written up and asked if it could be posted on my blog.  So, with a real sense of unworthiness for the kind words that they have written (because I know that I am not nearly worthy of the accolades), I am honoured to urge you to get involved in the Heros of Heart Gala on September 19 in Didsbury, Alberta. If you can’t attend, check out for others ways that you can support this worthy cause.

Heroes of Heart Gala: Courage runs in the blood

In honour of Glenn, a true hero in our eyes, the Penner family has taken on a special event on September 19 in the multi-purpose room at the Didsbury Memorial Complex. His courage and determination have touched us in the deepest places of our hearts and we want to celebrate that.

The “Heroes of Heart Gala” has something for everyone. This is no small event; if you’re in area, you won’t want to miss it!

Ladies young and old, if you enjoy classical string quartets, be sure to purchase your tickets in plenty of time and reserve a seat. The Lilly String Quartet ( is a highly professional ensemble, all of whom play with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. They have recently returned from a Western Canada tour and are ready to touch your heart with the sweet sound of strings. Tea and squares will be served at 3:00 pm. Those who purchase a ticket to the tea will be able to purchase a ticket for half price for the evening event.

At 5:30 we kick it back western style with beef on a bun, silent auction, photo show and sale, and live country entertainment. We will have local talent, Monika with a K who will also have a band with her. Her band includes pianist Jerry Proppe ( and guitarist Brent Saklofske (, along with a drummer and a bass player. We will also hear from Mary Ellen Goslin, award winning vocalist and yodeler. Bidding for the silent auction begins at 6:00 and closes at 8:00. The evening will also include a twist on a traditional “murder mystery dinner”. It will be a sort of “Theft Mystery Dinner”. Guaranteed, some fiend will show up who has the audacity to steal a prize from a fundraiser! Participation is optional, but those who choose to join in will have fun gathering clues and showing off their sleuthing skills. Participants in the mystery will be entered into a draw to win an exclusive door prize. Curious? Purchase your tickets early so you’ll be sure to get in on the action!

Children will be thoroughly entertained as well. The Giggle Gang ( is a local clown troup and Whitney Huget-Penner from Calgary is a very talented face painter. There will also be games, prizes and we're working on having a visit from some balloon animals. The children will be as entertained as the parents, so if Mom and Dad want an evening off and burn off some of the kids’ energy at the same time, this is a great time to do just that.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Our September 19 gala is in anticipation of the fifth annual Light the Night walk in Calgary, a five kilometre walk along the Bow River. Our Llamas with Hats team is walking in honour of Glenn, our friend, uncle, brother and mentor. While we’re unable to care for him personally, our love, our prayers and our support are always with him.

There has been a long line-up of sponsors throughout Olds, Didsbury and Carstairs who have thrown their support behind this event. People can visit our sponsors’ page to find out more. You can also listen for our public service announcements on 96.5 CKFM between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the following venues:

Didsbury Computers – 2016, 17 Ave, Didsbury
Front Porch Realty – 2009, 20 Ave, Didsbury
Fun Times Hobby and Cycle – 5026, 50th Street, Olds
No Worries Tanning – 330, 6900 46 Street, Olds
Carstairs Family Pharmacy – 120B, 10th Ave S, Carstairs

All of the details for the event are at

1 comment:

Jim in Kitchener said...

Hope to hear how this event turned out.