Lady of the Year
A dedicated Red Deer volunteer who has knitted puppets for children at the hospital has been named Beta Sigma Phi Lady of the Year. Claire Van Someren earned the honour which goes annually to an extraordinary volunteer who works quietly to better her community. Van Someren has been a member of the Moose Lodge for more than 40 years where she served at many funeral teas. She has sewn numerous dance costumes, applied hockey badges, and been a regular knitter for charity bazaars. Van Someren is a regular hospital visitor and a volunteer at the hospital floral shop. She was a longtime volunteer at Valley Park Manor nursing home until it closed last year. She has helped with school reading programs, and is a volunteer at the Lending Cupboard. Beta Sigma Phi is a sorority which exists for social, cultural and civic enrichment.
Mystery date for charity
People can win a mystery date with a star while at the same time contributing to charity during the Learning Disabilities Association dinner in early May. The second annual dinner is May 3 with a 5 p.m. reception at the Red Deer Lodge followed by dinner at 8 p.m. at various Red Deer locations. Stars include political leaders including Red Deer MLA Mary Anne Jablonski, Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith, cowboy poet Ben Crane, Red Deer College President Joel Ward, business coach Gusty Yaskowich, rodeo cowboy Dean Edge, Rob Stryker, vice-president of Servus Credit Union, Murray Fuhrer, self-esteem author and Pat Matheson, artist. Tickets are $100 each or $550 for a table of six. All proceeds go to the association’s Red Deer chapter. For tickets contact 403-343-6666 or www.bkticketcentre.ca.
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