Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre’s Evening of Decadent Dessert, exceeded its 2019 fundraising goal. Black Press file photo

Evening of Decadent Dessert event exceeds goal in Red Deer

Central Albertans with a sweet tooth indulged to help families with special needs children in the community.

Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre hosted the 25th annual Evening of Decadent Dessert, on May 10.

“Evening of Decadent Dessert is a critical annual event for us, as it is our largest annual fundraiser,” says Heather Reynolds, board chairperson for Aspire. “Through the generous contributions of sponsors and supporters, this years’ event raised a net total of $139,520, which exceeds our goal of $125,000.”

At the end of the evening, draws were also made for the Aspire Children’s Raffle. “The Raffle sold out and raised over $47,965, for a combined total of $187,485 between the two fundraisers,” said Reynolds. “We are overwhelmed by the incredible support that central Alberta has shown us through Evening of Decadent Dessert. Funds raised directly support Aspire’s programming, specialized equipment purchases, and fee assistance for families who are experiencing financial hardships.”

Over 540 guests enjoyed dinner, raffles, entertainment, a live auction of creative cakes paired with unique experiences, and the decadent dessert buffet to close out the evening. “The cakes were amazing this year and all of them are donated to Aspire by talented bakers in the Red Deer and central Alberta,” said Michelle Sluchinski, Aspire’s executive director.

Evening of Decadent Dessert also provides a chance for guests to learn more about Aspire and hear from Aspire families first-hand about the impact the centre has on their lives.

For more information on Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre and to learn about the programs and services it offers, visit www.aspirespecialneeds.ca.



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