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Evening of Decadent Dessert is Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre’s signature event! This year, the event is celebrating a huge milestone with our silver anniversary! With help from the community, the goal of raising $125,000 is within reach.

Evening of Decadent Dessert will be held on Friday, May 10, at the Parkland Pavilion, Westerner Park, located at 4847 19 Street, Red Deer.

Executive Director, Michelle Sluchinski says, “This is an especially exciting year for us, as Evening of Decadent Dessert is celebrating its 25th anniversary. We invite you to get involved by purchasing your tickets to join us that evening, or donating silent auction items, live auction items, or desserts, as well as supporting Aspire through larger scale sponsorships. Because we have such a supportive community here in central Alberta, we are thrilled that this event is able to celebrate 25 years of brighter futures.”

Sluchinski also states, "This is our biggest fundraising event of the year, so the funds raised from this night are essential to support our programs and specialized equipment purchases, as well as fee assistance for families who are struggling financially."

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 – an exciting live auction featuring one-of-a-kind cakes paired with unique experiences.

“Of course, our guests really enjoy all the sweets and desserts at this event but besides indulging, they also have the opportunity to learn all about who we are, and what Aspire does for families of children with special needs. Meeting some of our past parents and hearing their stories gives our guests a deeper understanding of how much Aspire means to families here in central Alberta,” says Fund Development Coordinator, Melissa Vine.

Vine also mentions that, “It takes over 70 volunteers and countless sponsors and donors to help us bring this event to life. We really rely on the support of the community to make this night a success.”

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. Buy your table by March 1 for the chance 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].  

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 2019 Jeep Compass Trailhawk, valued at $35,740. The second prize is a dazzling diamond ring, valued at $10,500. The third prize is $2,500 cash.

“So far the Children’s Raffle has kicked off with strong sales, but we still need help 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