A backyard bash-turned-house party over the weekend saw community members raise over $2,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.
Organizers estimate around 100 people came and went from the fundraiser, held Saturday night at a house in Westwood Lanes in Sylvan Lake.
Flashback Freddy provided musical entertainment, while funds were collected through an on-site silent auction — proceeds from which will be donated to the MS Society’s Red Deer chapter.
While inclement weather forced most of the originally-planned outdoor party inside, event co-organizer Treena Mielke said she couldn’t have been happier with the outcome.
“We were absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone — from those who helped organize and set up, to the people and businesses who donated money and items for the silent auction,” she said. “It was a truly fantastic night for everyone involved.”
The now-annual event holds special meaning for Mielke, whose husband and daughter both have multiple sclerosis. Seeing so many members of the community rallying together for the cause, she said, was “incredible.”
“In spite of the weather, it was a huge success, and a really incredible night. We’re grateful to everyone who took part.”