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Jungle Fever rages at Diamond Dinner

As usual, the ladies never know quite what the entertainment will be at the Empress Theatre’s annual Diamond Dinner.
And as usual, tickets for the fund-raiser are going fast.
About 130 tickets -70 per cent of the total 184 available – sold at the Empress Theatre’s Green Room sales evening Tuesday Sept. 14.
“This year is our 11th annual Diamond Dinner and the event regularly sells out,” event chair Dianna Wakelin said. “Our sales evening this year was very successful.”
Remaining tickets can be purchased at the Empress Theatre office. This year’s Diamond Dinner is being held Saturday, Oct. 16t at the Fort Macleod and District Community Hall with doors opening at 6 p.m.
“This year’s theme is Jungle Fever, and the rest is a surprise for our guests until they arrive – although I’ve heard a rumor that Tarzan and Jane just might be there,” Wakelin said.
As in past years the hall will be decorated, the food prepared, and the entertainment planned to suit the evening’s theme. And guests are invited to dress in accord with the theme.
“Whatever the idea conjures up in their minds,” Wakelin said.
Last year the theme was Three Decades of Rock and Roll, and the year before that it was Midnight at the Oasis.
The fund-raiser was first conceived by the Empress Theatre Society as a ladies’ night out.
“This event is a major fund-raiser for our Grand Old Lady of Fort Macleod, the Empress Theatre,” Wakelin explained. “The idea was conceived by the Empress Society board years ago when it was decided to host an event for the ladies in and around town. Calling it the Diamond Dinner stems from the fact that both a fabulous meal is served, and everyone that buys a ticket to the event has a chance to win, among several other things, diamonds.”
The $80 ticket gives the ladies a chance to win a select piece of jewelry, there are three to be given away this year, as well as a $1,000 travel voucher and numerous door prizes.
Purchasers also get a $30 tax receipt for a donation to the Empress. There will also be extra ticket sold at $10 each for the travel voucher.
“And a silent auction is part of the evening’s fun, and of course donations are always welcomed and acknowledged,” Wakelin added.
The popular dinner brings in from $12,000-$15,000 for the Empress Theatre every year, which includes sponsorship donations from local and area businesses.

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