Gala was a classy tribute to female hockey players and their parents

We had the distinct pleasure of attending one of the most outstanding events ever in Red Deer on Saturday and felt that recognition must be given to everyone involved.

Tracy Burghardt and Kai Smyth co-chaired an exceptional committee who worked tirelessly to host the Sutter Fund Chiefs Gala at Red Deer College for 400 people.

The second floor area was transformed with such class — huge Christmas decorations, glittery lighting, live music with Jamie Woodfin entertaining, a live auction and hundreds of silent auction items surrounding the area.

Not only was this a testament of the support from so many sponsors and businesses throughout for our girls playing female hockey, but it also made a huge statement of thanks to all the parents for the incredible commitment they make to their daughters participating in sports.

The video presentation shown was exceptional, with messages from Hayley Wickenheiser, Brent Sutter, Brian Sutter and one-on-one interviews with the young players, parents and some of the coaches.

What a great idea — and very moving.

All in all, it was an incredible evening. Thanks so very much to the organizers. Go, Chiefs, go.

Bill and Gail Taylor, Red Deer

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