There’s nothing like a great meal to help open up the wallets.
Red Deer Hospice Society raised over $108,000 at its January gala at the Red Deer Sheraton — enough money to fund 300 days of hospice care.
The gala featured celebrity chefs Massimo Capra and Michael Bonacini, who entertained onstage, demonstrating the prep of the meal they had designed.
Randomly drawn gala guests added to the onstage fun, donning chef’s jackets, chopping, stirring and joking with the chefs.
Sheraton’s chef, James Olberg, and his staff’s execution of the meal also earned rave reviews.
Between courses, the celebrity chefs mingled with the crowd, posing for pictures and autographing cookbooks.
They even sang backup for band Jo Hikk during the dance.
Auction items included three trips to Toronto to dine at the celebrity chefs’ restaurants, a dining room suite courtesy of Sims Furniture and a 1K diamond solitaire ring courtesy of Artistry in Gold.
Numerous other local businesses contributed to gala ingredients.
The Red Deer Hospice Society’s national Hike for Hospice is Sunday, May 4, at the Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Registration opens on March 1 at www.reddeerhospice.com.