Evening of Decadent Dessert

Friday, May 12, 2017
Parkland Pavilion, Westerner Park, Red Deer

The 23rd annual Evening of Decadent Dessert was held on May 12, 2017, and the event was a great success! Evening of Decadent Dessert raised $129,000 and the Aspire Children’s Raffle raised $35,000. This means that Aspire raised a total of $164,000 between the two fundraisers, and exceeded our goal!

Thank you to all of the guests, sponsors, donors and volunteers for supporting Aspire in our work to provide programs and services for local children with special needs. Be sure to stay tuned for the date for Evening of Decadent Dessert 2018.


Evening of Decadent dessert is an essential piece of the puzzle at Aspire. It is our biggest fundraising event of the year, and all proceeds from this fabulous evening support the programs and services at Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre, as well as fee assistance for families. 

As a guest, you will enjoy a champagne reception, buffet dinner, live entertainment, raffles and silent auction. The highlight of the evening is an exciting live auction, featuring one-of-a-kind desserts created by chefs and bakers from across Central Alberta. These desserts may be sold individually or in combination with high-quality auction packages. 

Be sure to get your tickets for Evening of Decadent Dessert today, and be part of Red Deer's delicious, not-to-be-missed event!

2017 Aspire Children's Raffle

The annual Aspire Children's Raffle is another highlight at Evening of Decadent Dessert, as the three fabulous prizes are drawn at the event. Thank you for supporting Aspire's annual fundraising raffle!

Tickets on sale!

Online tickets are now closed.

You can still purchase over the phone at 403.340.2606. To purchase tickets in person, stop by Aspire at 4826 47th Street, Red Deer.  


Buy individual tickets or a table of 8 online and a tax receipt will be issued to the purchaser. If you would like a table, but your group will be paying for their tickets individually, please call Aspire at 403-2606 (See below for more details).

An individual ticket is $100 and a table of 8 is $750. For multiple single tickets, enter the corresponding amount in the “other” option, i.e. 3 tickets = $300.

Your ticket(s) and tax receipts will be mailed to you closer to the date of the event

Please Note

The purchaser of a $100 ticket is eligible to receive a charitable donation tax receipt for $68. The purchaser of a table for $750 is eligible to receive a charitable donation tax receipt of $494. Tax receipts for ticket purchases made online will only be issued under the cardholder’s name on the credit card that is paying for the tickets, as per Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) rules. The Income Tax Act does not permit the issuing of tax receipts to anyone other than the person whose name is on the credit card used.

If you would like to purchase a table, but your group wants to pay individually and receive individual tax receipts for their ticket purchases, please call the office and we can accommodate you. The cost per ticket of those buying a table together is $93.75. The tax receipt issued would be for $61.75.

Thank-you for supporting Aspire.

Make a donation to the Evening of Decadent Dessert! Would you like to make a difference in the life of a child with special needs? If so, we need you!

Create a Cake for the Event

The highlight of Evening of Decadent Dessert is the wonderful array of decadent desserts, donated by local businesses and individuals.

Please consider donating TWO identical desserts: one will be used in our live auction and will be served to our guests in the Decadent Dessert Buffet later that evening. The second dessert will be presented to the purchaser in the form of a gift certificate or voucher for a dessert of equal value to be redeemed at a later date of their choosing.

Alternatively, you may wish to donate TWO desserts to our Decadent Dessert Buffet. One dessert will be featured in our Decadent Dessert Buffet (served to guests after the auction), which is a highlight of the evening.

The second dessert will be presented to the winner of a door prize in the form of a gift certificate or voucher (of equal value to the first dessert) for redemption at a later date, so that they can claim their prize at a time of their choosing.

In order to make a dessert donation, complete the Dessert Donor Application form with a description of your donation and contact Karen Jackman at 403.340.2606. We will gladly make arrangements to pick up your donation the day of the event.

Download Dessert Donor Application


How will I be recognized for my contribution?

As a cake donor you will be recognized in the donor PowerPoint presentations that run throughout the evening at the event. Your name will be promoted in the event program, and Aspire's Annual Report, as well as on our website, social media and at the event in a manner specific to your donation.

Would I be able to purchase tickets to attend the event?

Absolutely! Tickets are now available they can be purchased at online by clicking here, over the phone, or in person at Aspire or one of our donor locations. Please contact Aspire at 403.340.2606 or at for more information. 

What types of desserts do you require for the Live Auction?

Any type of elegant cake or dessert. It may be a themed cake. A maximum of 15 items will be selected for the live auction. All other dessert donations will be used in the Decadent Dessert Buffet. (Auction choice will be made at the discretion of the dessert committee)

What other donor opportunities are there for this event?

We have many sponsorship opportunities available. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor contact Karen Jackman for more information and to create a recognition plan that suits your needs.
403.340.2606 ext 209 

Donate to the silent auction

Success of the Evening of Decadent Dessert depends entirely on the generosity of our supporters. Please consider becoming a vital part of this exciting event through a donation of merchandise, services or cash to be used in the auctions or raffles during the event.

In order to make a donation, complete the Donor and Sponsor Application Form below, with a description of your donation and then contact our office. We will gladly make arrangements to pick up your donation at your convenience.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will be directed to providing vital support for core activities and program enrichment at Aspire. 

Download Donor and Sponsor Application


Be a part of a great team! Every year, volunteer contributions are at the heart of Evening of Decadent Dessert.

We invite volunteers to be part of the planning committee or to provide help at the event. We welcome and appreciate all volunteer assistance!

Current volunteer opportunities include:

Silent Auction Phone Volunteers (6 people needed)

Description and tasks: Prior to the volunteer phoning tasks, request letters will be mailed out by Aspire staff to the list of past silent auction donors.  Volunteer phoners will then make follow-up calls to their list of 10+ prospective donors every week or two until receiving confirmation whether or not past donors will donate again this year.  Picking up the items and bringing them to Aspire is sometimes needed, but not always. 

Aspire has a script to follow, as well as a great list of past donors.  The silent auction brings in close to $24,000 of the total Evening of Decadent Dessert funds raised for Aspire.  It is an important way of helping children with special needs and their families in Red Deer and Central Alberta.

Help is needed from mid-January until the event on Friday, May 12th, 2017.  5-7 hours a month approximate time commitment.  Training is provided.

If you can help Aspire as a Silent Auction Phone Volunteer, please contact Karen Jackman at 403-340-2606 or


Wine Raffle Coordinator needed

A Wine Raffle Coordinator is needed to acquire three display containers to use for three prize groups, as well as work with a list of donors to solicit a few bottles of wine and then put all the donated wine in the containers before the event on May 12th. 

If you can help Aspire as a Wine Raffle Coordinator, please contact Karen Jackman at 403-340-2606 or



Day of the Event Volunteers 

There will be many tasks that need doing the day of the event. If you are available to come and help where needed, please contact Karen Jackman at 403-340-2606 or


A big thank you to our Evening of Decadent Dessert sponsors!
  • 5 Star Auction & Consulting

  • Artemis Jewellers

  • Canada West Homes Ltd.

  • National Bank Financial

  • On the Mark Productions

  • Pediatric Consultants Associated

  • R&R Rentals

  • Real Country 95.5

  • Rebel Energy Services Ltd.

  • Red Deer Advocate

  • Red Deer Firefighters Children's Charity

  • Red Deer Kinsmen Club

  • Red Deer Orthodontics

  • Servus Credit Union

  • Southside Dodge Chrysler Jeep & RV Centre

  • Sugar By Tracy

  • Surepath Travel Insurance

  • The Co-operators Lacombe Advantage Insurance Group

  • Vicki & Darren Moggy, Dawn Raymond & Garth Fisher

  • West Park IDA