(Fort McMurray, AB – November 6, 2017) –More than 1,100 guests gathered Saturday evening, November 4, to celebrate and raise funds for students and post-secondary education in Wood Buffalo at Keyano College’s annual Gala, presented by Birch Mountain Enterprises Ltd.
The Gala is Keyano’s major annual fund raising event, and beyond that, it is the premiere black-tie event of the year for the Wood Buffalo Region. This year, Gala raised more than $285,000 ($25,000 more than our goal) to support students, programming, athletics, theatre, and infrastructure improvements at the College.
“On behalf of Keyano College, I would like to thank all our partners, donors, and friends for supporting us in hosting another fantastic Gala,” said Tracy Edwards, President and CEO of Keyano College. “We are very proud of the efforts we are making to be a valued member of the community, a place of academic high standards, and the college of choice for Northern Alberta. This support represents an important investment in the future of our college and in our community, and it is an important reminder of how generous our community is.”
Canadiana was the theme of this year’s Gala, so it was apt that guests enjoyed a captivating show by legendary Canadian band, the Barenaked Ladies, who played songs from their new album as well as well-known hits like One Week and If I Had A Million Dollars.
Almost 100 community and corporate sponsors participated, while local businesses offered their services throughout the evening. Many donated items were also highlighted for raffles and auctions—everything from aerial tours and artwork to guitars and signed sports memorabilia.
Jason Demers, Vice President of External Relations and Advancement at Keyano College, also acknowledged the hard work of Keyano staff as well as the many volunteers, internal and external to the College, who helped to make Gala 2017 a success.
“We could not put together the Gala without the dedication of our staff and our volunteers,” he said.