The inaugural Bowties & Sweethearts Valentine’s Day gala was held Saturday evening at the Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson Plaza. The $150-a-plate, by-invitation-only, black-tie event was organized by the Dog River Howlers Rugby Club.
“It was a team effort,” said Karl Fix, one of the event’s five-member organizing committee, which also included Craig Lothian, Herb Wheaton, Tim Wicijowski and Tim Young. “It was instantly sold out,” said Fix, adding that the event even had a waiting list. Fix attributed the event’s success to two things. It was supporting a worthy cause, and no corners were cut in order to offer “top-notch everything — the venue, the food, the entertainment. It’s a win-win situation,” he said.
More than 300 “community leaders” representing different sectors of the community — both urban and rural — attended the posh fundraiser, an evening of elegance, fine dining, and entertainment.Tuxedos and gowns filled the historic downtown hotel’s elegant ballroom. Guests were served gourmet creations by chef Milton Rebello.
Popular Regina entertainer Rory Allen performed at the fundraiser, joined by Jasmine Paige and Jodi Scott.
Proceeds from the Bowties & Sweethearts Valentine’s Gala will go to the Leader-Post Christmas Cheer Fund, which supports four Regina domestic abuse shelters: the YWCA Regina’s Isabel Johnson Shelter, Regina Transition House, WISH Safe House, and SOFIA House. “It’s just the first of what’s going to be an annual event,” Fix said.
While the event will not grow in size, organizers aspire to raise even more money at next year’s fundraiser, he said.
by Irene Seiferling - Leader Post -Monday February 14.