News & Updates

07 Jun 2018

Aspire’s Evening of Decadent Dessert exceeds 2018 goal!

Thursday, May 17 - (Red Deer) – Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre hosted our signature event, Evening of Decadent Dessert, on Friday, May 11. Guests were treated to a spectacular show of talent, creativity and generosity from the central Alberta community. Funds raised from this event help us to fulfill our mission of providing hope to children with special needs, the families who love them, and the communities that care for them.

“Evening of Decadent Dessert is a critical annual event for us, as it is our largest annual fundraiser,” says Heather Reynolds, Board Chairperson for Aspire. “Through the generous contributions of sponsors and supporters, this years’ event raised a net total of $145,000, which is a significant increase over 2017, and exceeds our goal of $125,000!”

At the end of the evening, draws were also made for the Aspire Children’s Raffle. “The Raffle raised over $40,000, for a combined total of $185,000 between the two fundraisers,” says Reynolds. “We are overwhelmed by the incredible support that central Alberta has shown us through Evening of Decadent Dessert. Funds raised directly support Aspire’s programming, specialized equipment purchases, and fee assistance for families who are experiencing financial hardships.”  

Over 580 guests enjoyed dinner, raffles, entertainment, a live auction of amazing cakes paired with unique experiences, and the decadent dessert buffet to close out the evening. “The cakes seem more amazing each year and all of them are donated to Aspire by talented bakers in the Red Deer area,” says Michelle Sluchinski, Aspire’s Executive Director.

Evening of Decadent Dessert also provides a chance for guests to learn more about Aspire and what we do. It provides an opportunity to hear from Aspire families first-hand about the impact the Centre has on their lives.

Heather Reynolds explains, “part of this evening is to showcase who we are at Aspire, and this year’s theme really sums that up, together we are better.  It takes the entire community coming together to make this event a resounding success. From generous donors and sponsors, to our incredible volunteers, every contribution is important.”

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10 Mar 2018

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Evening of Decadent Dessert is Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre’s signature event! This year, the event is celebrating 24 years of ‘sweet’ success in central Alberta. With help from the community, the goal of raising $130,000 is within reach.

Evening of Decadent Dessert will be held on Friday, May 11, at the Parkland Pavilion, Westerner Park, located at 4847 19 Street, Red Deer.

Executive Director, Michelle Sluchinski says, “This year is shaping up to be exciting, and we look forward to seeing you at the event. We invite you to get involved by purchasing your tickets early, donating silent auction items, live auction items, or desserts, as well as supporting Aspire through those larger scale sponsorships -  because after all, together we are better.”

Sluchinski also states, "The funds raised from Evening of Decadent Dessert are essential to support our programs and specialized equipment purchases, as well as fee assistance for families who are struggling to afford their Aspire fees."

Over 500 guests attend Evening of Decadent Dessert each year. At the event they enjoy a champagne reception, various raffles, entertainment, silent auction, dinner buffet, our famous decadent dessert buffet, and the highlight of the night - live auctions featuring one-of-a-kind cakes paired with unique experiences.

“Guests become part of our Aspire family at this event; it really demonstrates who we are, and what Aspire does for families of children with special needs.  Hearing stories from past parents gives an insight into this special place,” says Fund Development Coordinator, Melissa Vine.

Vine also comments that, “It takes over 70 volunteers and countless sponsors and donors to help us bring this event to life. From cutting our one-of-a-kind cakes, to selling 50/50 tickets, there is a job for everyone.”

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available now for $100 per person or $750 for a table of eight.  Charitable tax receipts will be issued for a portion of the ticket price. Don’t miss your opportunity to get in on the Early Bird promotion!

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, or to purchase tickets, please contact Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre at 403-340-2606 or email [email protected].  

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Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre’s Children’s Raffle

Also part of the evening, is the much anticipated final draw for the Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre’s annual Children’s Raffle. This year’s grand prize is a 2018 Jeep Compass Sport, valued at $28,340. The second prize is a stunning white gold diamond ring, valued at $6,000. The third prize is $2,500 cash.

“So far the Children’s Raffle has kicked off with strong sales, but we still have a ways to go to reach our $50,000 goal,” said Vine.

“We appreciate all our families, staff and friends of Aspire who are helping us reach this goal by selling tickets,” she said. “At only $5 per ticket, it’s an accessible way for our friends in the community to support us!”

For more information on the raffle or to buy tickets, please visit

09 Jan 2017

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 Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 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.


23 Jan 2018

Get your tickets today!

Thanks to our sponsors, every dollar raised supports programs, specialized equipment purchases, and Fee Assistance for children with special needs in central Alberta.

Tickets are only $5.00 each

Buy now for your chance to win a new Jeep Compass Sport, a gorgeous white gold diamond ring or cash.

Only 10,000 tickets printed! 

Tickets can be purchased:

prizes horizontalOnline: click here for your convenient online purchase
In-person: visit Aspire during business hours
By phone: contact Aspire at 403.340.2606
At all sponsor locations, including:

  • R & R Rentals
  • Southside Dodge  
  • Artemis Jewellers
  • Servus Credit Union 
         (downtown branch)
  • Printing Place
  • Real Country 95.5  

  • Raffle Draw Date:   
    Friday, May 11, 2018

    The raffle winners will be drawn at Aspire's Evening of Decadent Dessert, which will be held at the Parkland Pavilion -  4847 19 St, Red Deer. Click here to purchase tickets for Evening of Decadent Dessert, or contact Aspire at 403.340.2606. 

    Proceeds from the 2018 Aspire Children's Raffle will go directly to programs, specialized equipment purchases and Fee Assistance for local families of children with special needs. 

    Tickets may only be purchased or sold within Alberta. License #: 485185 

    15 Nov 2016


    25 Oct 2017

    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.

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    When: Monday, November 27 - 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.

    Friends, families, staff, donors and anyone with an interest in Aspire 
    are invited to join us for an update from the Board, a review of the 
    year past, and elections of the 2017-2018 Board of Directors. 
    On November 27, three Board members will complete their term's, and three new members will join the Board. 

    For more information on Aspire's current Board of Directors, visit our website

    02 Sep 2016

    Aspire is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a $10,000 grant from The Ed Stelmach Community Foundation! This is the second time we have partnered with the Foundation and we feel fortunate to do so again.

    These grant dollars will be put toward our Fee Assistance Program, which is a program designed to fulfill the standard set by the founding families of Aspire. Our founding families believed in the principle that every child should have access to Aspire services. But the financial requirements for families of children with special needs can be overwhelming. The time required to attend the necessary doctors' appointments and other services can limit parents' ability to maintain a full time job, restricting household income. 

    26 Sep 2017

    It's been another exciting year at Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre, and the public is invited to see what we've been up to. 

    01 Sep 2016

    The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) operates as part of the Department of Culture and Tourism ministry.  The purpose of the program is to fund initiatives that enhance and "enrich the quality of community life" throughout Alberta.  Aspire applied and was granted $60,000, which will be used for capital projects within the Centre.