If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about our Early Access to Supportive Education (EASE) Preschool Program, please stop by our Preschool Information Night on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 at 6:30pm. Staff from our EASE Preschool will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the program with those interested in learning more.
On Friday, April 29, Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre held its 22nd annual Evening of Decadent Dessert fundraiser at the Pidherney Centre. The success of this event demonstrated, once again, the incredible community support for Aspire and a mission to provide hope to children with special needs, the families who love them, and the communities who care for them.
“Evening of Decadent Dessert is the largest event within our annual fundraising efforts,” says Michelle Moore, chair of Aspire’s Board of Directors. “This year, we raised a net of $123,694 from the event, which is very close to last year.”
Adapted Soccer runs Tuesday nights 6-7 pm at the Edgar Soccer Fields from May 3-June 21. Registration is through RDCSA.
Adapted TBall runs Thursday nights 6-7 pm at the Oriole Park School fields from May 5-June 23. Registration is through the Look and Book.
Both programs are introductions to the sport for kids with special needs, coached by a mom of a daughter with Down Syndrome with help from the Adapted Kinesiology students at RDC. They are designed for children of all abilities and all types of impairments who are developmentally under the age of 10. Parent or aide participation is required. Weekly there are stations to work on specific skills, directed activities to work on skills and game play.
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Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre is well known in Red Deer and Central Alberta, as a place where families who have children with special needs can find answers, support, and connection. As a charitable organization, the continued support of the community is vital to the programs and services Aspire provides. This year is Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre’s 22nd annual Evening of Decadent Dessert, its largest fundraising event of the year. With the help of the community, the goal of raising $130,000 can be reached.
Evening of Decadent Dessert will be held on April 29, at the Pidherney Centre, located at 4725 43 Street, Red Deer.
“Aspire relies on the funds raised from the community in order to support scholarships for families, purchase of specialized equipment, and programs,” said Executive Director Michelle Sluchinski.
“We are so grateful for the long term sponsors, donors and ticket purchasers. We know that everyone makes choices about which charity to support, and we try to ensure our supporters know the good work we do for children with special needs and their families.”
“Evening of Decadent Dessert is well on the way but we are still in need of some event sponsors and are always looking for donations for raffles and the silent auction,” said Fund Development Coordinator Melissa Vine.
“Tickets have just been released for purchase. Please remember to get your tickets early,” said Vine.
“Donors and sponsors are an essential part of Evening of Decadent Dessert. Their generous support allows us to reach our fundraising goals for this event. Without our sponsors and donors we cannot reach our financial goal, which in turn impacts our services and programs. Simply put, their generous support gives Aspire the ability to offer hope and growth to all the families who pass through our doors.”
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are now available for $100 per person or $750 for a table of eight. Charitable tax receipts will be issued for a portion of the ticket price (a $65 receipt for a $100 ticket).
The evening includes a champagne reception with live entertainment, buffet dinner, several raffles, and a silent auction, as well as a live auction of the locally made cake creations, and of course of, the incredible dessert buffet.
To purchase tickets, please contact Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre at 403-340-2606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Evening of Decadent Dessert including sponsorship information and donation opportunities, please visit http://aspirespecialneeds.ca/events/edd.
Also part of the evening is the final draw for the Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre’s annual Children’s Raffle. This year’s grand prize is a 2016 Jeep Compass High Altitude 4x4, valued at $34,100. The second prize is a 14-blue diamond Stunning Diamond Dinner Ring valued at $8,000. The third prize is a cash reward of $2,500.
So far the Children’s Raffle has raised $5,000 of its $50,000 goal, “which is a good start,” said Vine.
“We appreciate all our families, staff and friends of Aspire who are helping us reach this goal by selling tickets,” she said.
For more information on the raffle or to buy tickets, please visit www.aspirespecialnedds.ca/events/raffle.
It's been a successful and busy year at Aspire, and the public is welcome to come and learn more at the Annual General Meeting.
When: Monday, November 23 - 7 p.m.
Location: Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre
Address: 4826 47 Street, Red Deer (meeting will take place in the 3rd floor conference room)
Light refreshments will be provided.
Guests at the AGM will learn about the highlights of the 2014-15 fiscal year, including updates about the impact of the 2015 Sheraton Celebrity Dance Off event and the activities undertaken for Aspire's 30th anniversary year.
Election of the 2015-16 Board of Directors will also occur at the AGM, with several new members joining the team. Board recruitment began in the spring, as interested applicants met with Aspire's executive director and current board chair and completed an application form. On November 23, five new board members are expected to be elected.
For further information on Aspire's current Board of Directors, visit our website.