A highlight of Aspire Special Needs’ Evening of Decadent Dessert May 10 is the thrilling live auction, featuring amazing, one-of-a-kind desserts created by talented Central Alberta bakers. Some are sold individually, others with high-quality experience packages, such as a trip to Mexico, spa and shopping excursions, a Central Alberta brewery tour and more. Tickets are on sale now!

Sweet tooth? This silver-anniversary spectacle is sure to please!

One of Central Alberta’s most popular events turns 25 this spring, and organizers are celebrating the silver anniversary in a BIG way!

Aspire Special Needs hosts an Evening of Decadent Dessert at Westerner Park’s Parkland Pavilion May 10. As their biggest fundraising event of the year, all proceeds from the special evening support the programs and services at Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre, and fee assistance for families.

Serving Central Alberta families for 34 years, Aspire has grown from a small group of dedicated parents and professionals to a large, charitable organization providing programs and services for children with special needs and their families. The Aspire team operates a specialized preschool program, visits families at home, provides assessment and intervention services, consults for children in schools and works closely with other community providers and agencies.

The Evening of Decadent Dessert – which started as a humble bake sale – is a big part of making that all happen.

Guests enjoy a champagne reception, buffet dinner, entertainment and a silent auction with more than 150 donated items!

But the icing on the cake is the thrilling live auction, featuring amazing, one-of-a-kind desserts created by talented Central Alberta bakers – desserts that may be sold individually or with high-quality experience packages, such as a trip to Mexico, spa and shopping excursions, a Central Alberta brewery tour and more.

“We’ve come a long way since that first bake sale, but the core of the event is still there, just like Aspire,” says Melissa Vine, Aspire’s Fund Development Co-ordinator. “The evening is a lot of fun – we’re so well supported by the Central Alberta community. “

Country artist Jamie Woodfin will perform, and guests will hear from 11-year-old Caden Johnson, a past Aspire attendee.

Many more chances to win: While the decadent desserts definitely take centrestage, the event offers even more, including a 50/50 draw and wine raffle, and …

The Aspire Children’s Raffle! Supporting programs, specialized equipment and services for local children with special needs, tickets are just $5 each, and with only 10,000 printed, you could win one of three awesome prizes:

  • 2019 Jeep Compass Trailhawk, valued at $35,740, from Southside Dodge Chrysler Jeep & RV Centre and R&R Rentals.
  • A dazzling diamond ring, valued at $10,500, from Artemis Jewellers.
  • $2,500 cash, from Servus Credit Union.

Purchase raffle tickets online now or in person at Aspire until May 9. With the draw May 10 at the Evening of Decadent Dessert, you can also buy tickets at the event.

Tickets for the Evening of Decadent Dessert are available now: $100 per person or $750 for a table of eight, including partial tax receipts. Purchase online, by phone at 403-340-2606 or stop by Aspire, 4826 47th St. in Red Deer.

Have a little spare time and want to give back? Volunteers are also welcome!

Learn more at aspirespecialneeds.ca.

 

Some of the amazing cakes created in years past by Central Alberta’s talented bakers for the Evening of Decadent Dessert, in support of Aspire Special Needs.

All proceeds from the Evening of Decadent Dessert support the programs and services at Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre, and fee assistance for families.

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