Because of our generous sponsors, donors, guests and volunteers, we have far exceeded our fundraising goal for Evening of Decadent Dessert! The 24th annual Evening of Decadent Dessert was held on Friday, May 11th and raised more than $145,000! The Aspire Children’s Raffle, which was drawn for at the event, raised $40,000 making our grand total $185,000!
A sincere THANK YOU to all who have contributed to the ‘sweet’ success of Evening of Decadent Dessert, you have embodied our 2018 theme of, ‘Together We Are Better’. We are so grateful to have a dedicated community that supports us in our mission to provide hope to children with special needs, the families who love them, and the communities that care for them.
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, 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.
Tickets are $100 each or a table of 8 for $750
Your 2019 Evening of Decadent Dessert ticket purchase is eligible for a partial tax receipt. See the chart below for more information:
Sponsorship is essential to the Evening of Decadent Dessert. The Evening of Decadent Dessert is a recognized social event in our community and has proven to be an excellent showcase for local business.
As a sponsor of this event, Melissa Vine will work with you to create a recognition plan that suits your needs!
Please review the sponsorship application to see the full list of sponsorship opportunities. Please note that, according to CRA rules, sponsorships do not qualify for a tax deductible receipt.
We are always grateful for donations to our silent auction, raffles and decadent desserts by way of merchandise, services or cash donations. Please contact us for complete details: [email protected] 403.340.2606 ext. 209.
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!
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 Melissa Vine at 403.340.2606. We will gladly make arrangements to pick up your donation the day of the event.
We have many sponsorship opportunities available. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor contact Melissa Vine for more information and to create a recognition plan that suits your needs.
403.340.2606 ext 209
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.
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!
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 11th, 2018. 5-7 hours a month approximate time commitment. Training is provided.
If you can help Aspire as a Silent Auction Phone Volunteer, please contact Melissa Vine at 403-340-2606 or [email protected]
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 11th.
If you can help Aspire as a Wine Raffle Coordinator, please contact Melissa Vine at 403-340-2606 or [email protected]
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 Melissa Vine at 403-340-2606 or [email protected]
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