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Women can enjoy a lavish Diamond Dinner in Fort Macleod

Written by  Demi Knight
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It’s Ladies Night this October in Fort Macleod with the Empress Theatre’s annual fundraiser.


With winter brewing and outdoor activities coming to a close, women can save the date in their calendars on October 14th for the annual Diamond Dinner at the Fort Macleod Community Hall.
Previous president of the Empress Theatre and current member of the Diamond Dinner organizing committee, Dianna Wakelin says that this long-standing tradition is a night of fun, entertainment and lavish luxuries for all women in attendance. 
“The diamond dinner is one of the biggest events of the year and it’s also one of our major fundraisers along with the community play. However, this event is geared entirely towards the ladies, so it’s special and different and really fun!”
This is the 18th year that the annual fundraiser has made an appearance within the town of Fort Macleod and Wakelin says that since its initial appearance, the event has gained more and more traction each year.
With extravagant themes, lavish prizes and a mouth watering menu all on the revolving agenda, it’s no wonder that the event brings crowds of women to the door each year, and as an added bonus, it’s all in the name of charity.
By raising funds for the Empress Theatre, $25 of each $80 ticket purchased will be given as a tax redactable receipt and will go directly towards the theatre itself, while the remainder of the proceeds will go towards an entrance into the raffle, the catering and evening as a whole.
“We give away really spectacular door prizes, as well as a couple of big things that we advertise such as diamond jewelry, the prizes overall are really quite stunning and valuable,” says Wakelin of some of the prizes that the night has to offer it’s guests.
However, it’s not just the bling that the ladies go for, but the experience itself. With fun theme’s such as jungle book, Disney characters and midnight in the oasis, the hall, dinner and dress apparel is always set in accordance to each year’s theme and the guests are always happy to join in.
“Last year our theme was the magical world of Disney and we’ve had some amazing years over the years and majority of people dress up and get really into it. But even If people don’t want to dress up it’s always fun to see what everyone else is doing and enjoy the atmosphere,” says Wakelin.
This year, the event will be dabbling in the world of the United Services Organization (USO) canteen, where Wakelin says that the evening will be centred around the second world war in the early 1940’s, where entertainers used to go behind the scenes of war to different troupes and play for them.
With music, live entertainment, a lavish dinner from L.A Chef’s and a silent auction, fun activities are scheduled for the guests to enjoy long into the night, and many ladies are happy to take advantage of their night without men to attend the evening, not only locally form Fort Macleod but also from places such as Lethbridge through to Claresholm.
“We have people that come from Lethbridge, granum and even Claresholm coming to Fort Macleod each year for the event! Overall, we normally get around 150 ladies anywhere from that to 180,” says Wakelin of the varied attendance each year.
With a hope of raising $10,000 at each event, Wakelin says that the Diamond Dinner usually surpasses the goal and is only getting more successful.
Tickets for the event are $80 and are available online or at the Empress Theatre itself and must be purchased in advance as Wakelin added that there must be a set number sent off to the caterers a few days before the dinner takes place.
With music from Bob Hope, the Andrew’s Sisters, Glenn Miller’s Big Band and more, ladies can book their tickets to get involved and party with the troops before it’s too late.

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