The community will gather on Nov. 19 at the Alliance Community Church for an annual Fall Supper from 4-7 p.m.
Turkey and all the fixings will be available for a nominal fee with a portion of the proceeds from the dinner going towards the Sylvan Lake Community Partners’ Compassion Fund.
The Compassion Fund exists to give emergency financial assistance to those in the community who are in crisis explained Jen Baliant, Events Co-ordinator for Community Partners’.
“The Compassion Fund is used to assist people in need,” she added. “Whether it’s helping to assist with their rent, bills or just generally struggling. With the way the economy has been, we’ve seen an increase in our applications and the usage of the fund over the last year.
Baliant stated the annual Fall Dinner saw around 80 attendees last year and they hope to see this number grow over the coming years as exposure of the event grows.
“We host the Fall Dinner every year after Thanksgiving and before Christmas as a way for the community to gather in between those two holidays,” she explained. “It’s nice to meet new people in the community and get everyone out having a good time before the holiday season hits.”
The annual event is nearly fully run by volunteers with Community Partners’ seeing between 20-30 volunteers assisting with the dinner on an annual basis.
“We’re try to get volunteers to fill in the different shifts throughout the day,” Baliant said. “We have volunteers who will cook, run food out to the buffet as well as volunteers who help us take tickets and clean up afterwards.”
She added the support of community volunteers have been instrumental in past years and are an integral part of the success of the event.
“All of the funds raised through both the Fall Supper and the Christmas Garage Sale go directly back into the community through the Compassion Fund,” explained Baliant.
This year’s Community Partners’ Christmas Garage Sale is currently in full swing with new items being added to the sale from local businesses every day including wrapping paper, Christmas decor and a variety of Christmas gifts. Some items at the sale are priced while others are available by donation.
“A lot has gone and more stuff is coming in – it’s been a great turn out in the first week,” said Baliant adding hot items at the sale have included Christmas decorations and kids items with minion, Paw Patrol and Frozen themes.
The Sylvan Lake Community Partners’ Christmas Garage Sale will run until Dec. 23 from Monday to Friday 9-4 p.m. The organization is also accepting donations of all kinds for their sale. Donations can be dropped off at Sylvan Lake Community Partners located at 4936 50 Ave.
Those wishing to volunteer for either the Fall Dinner or the Christmas Garage Sale may contact Community Partners’ at 403 887 9989.