Check out the pictures on Flickr as you read my account of this event!
After a long, dreary winter Regina’s residents were eager to welcome spring with a glittery night of gourmet food, fun, and fundraising for a good cause at the Saskatchewan Science Centre’s Fantasy Food 2009. It was my first time at this event and I can’t tell you how much fun it was!
As the 450 supporters of the sold-out event on March 28 arrived, they were welcomed with graceful performances outside the main entrance by local dance troupe FadaDance. The fire dancing was impressive!
Inside, guests were greeted by the Saskatchewan Science Centre’s Executive Director Sandy Baumgartner and Board Chair Bruce Crouter.
This year’s emcee was CC from Z99’s Morning Show, who entertained and guided guests through the silent and live auctions.
Since 2002, Fantasy Food has raised over $350,000 – this year alone over $61,000 was raised! This year funds raised go to the Saskatchewan Science Centre, the Nexen Discovery Fund (which helps disadvantaged youth and groups visit the Science Centre), and two worthy community organizations – Ehrlo Sport Venture Programs and Skate Regina.
A nice touch appreciated by many attendees – limousine service brought guests to and from extra parking at Wascana Place.
Amongst the 64 silent auction packages was featured a jersey signed that night by Wes Cates of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The 6 packages in the live auction were very impressive – plane tickets, a huge television, a gorgeous necklace, a private IMAX screening of your favourite film, and a gas grill were amongst the offerings.
Many of Regina’s most well-known citizens were out to enjoy this event. Mayor Pat Fiacco and his wife Angie, Regina Wascana MP Ralph Goodale attended with his wife Pamela, the Minister of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Christine Tell was there, and Seante Williams and Wes Cates of the Saskatchewan Roughriders also took in this gorgeous event.
The musical entertainment for most of the evening was provided by the Chris Jacklin Jazz Trio. There was also a roving mentalist in the crowd, wowing guests with his mind reading prowess.
But the real star of the evening might have been the food!
Have you seen the photos on Flickr? Here are a couple to tempt you!