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    A night out that supports women in the community

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    Last year during the first annual Butterfly Gala Chestermere’s first female mayor, Elaine Peake was honoured and acknowledged for all of her contributions. Chair of the Butterfly Gala Megan Matthies said honouring the first female mayor was a highlight of the night. Photo submitted

    Chestermere women can meet new people and connect with other women in the community by attending the second annual Butterfly Gala.

    Women are encouraged to come enjoy music, entertainment and conversations with like-minded women all while wearing that dress they never have a chance to wear during the Butterfly Gala on March 16 at 7 p.m.

    “From the moment our guests come in, they will see a beautiful space filled with music, and entertainment,” said Chair of the Butterfly Gala Megan Matthies.

    She added, “While it is a formal event, the atmosphere is really fun so women who attend can expect to have a good time and make some new friends.”

    Not only does the gala provide a way for women in the community to help each other, but all the proceeds from the silent auction go towards Christmas with Dignity.

    “The money raised from the gala is earmarked specifically for women and female led households.

    “Our hope is to raise over $5000,” Matthies said.

    She added, “Last year, those funds helped women flee abusive situations, attend job interviews and provide emergency support.”

    Matthies said a highlight from last year was taking a moment to honour and acknowledge all of the contributions of Chestermere’s first female mayor Elaine Peake.

    This year, Matthies is excited to see the Butterfly Gala come to life and share it with women in Chestermere.

    She added, the event has been well received by women in the community.

    “Before they left the event last year, many ladies asked when we would be doing it again,” Matthies said.

    She added, “I believe that women enjoyed the opportunity to dress up, connect with other women and have a fun night out, all for a good cause.”

    However, there is a misconception that women need to wear an extremely fancy dress in order to attend the gala, Matthies said.

    “The idea is that ladies get to pull out that outfit they never get to wear. For some that might mean a nice top, for others it means a ballgown.

    “Both are very welcome. It’s really what fancy means to you,” Matthies said.

    Despite having a successful debut, Matthies and the organizing committee are changing a few things to make this year the best it can be.

    “We are adding more seating. We ladies love our high heels but there weren’t many places to sit last year,” Matthies said.

    She added, “We are also mixing up the entertainment and making it even more spectacular.”

     Tickets for the Butterfly Gala are available until March 10 at https://www.chestermeregala.com.

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