Monday, February 15, 2016

A Splash of Romance Luau fundraiser a festive and fun event

Toni Lucas

The A Splash of Romance Luau was held at the Pincher Creek Community Hall on Saturday, February 13, just before Valentine's Day. Many of the 150 people who attended dressed to hit the beach and all were presented with leis upon arrival. In luau tradition, the main dinner fare was a pig roast.  The evening included live, silent, and dessert auctions.

The main entertainment was provided by Pearls of Polynesia. who not only put on a great demonstration of hula dancing, but also taught some of the steps and finer points to both male and female volunteers during the evening.  The fundraiser was held by the Pincher Spray Park Society, to help support their initiative to construct a spray park in Pincher Creek.

Pearls of Polynesia dancers Christine and Tavi Maurette
The auction included a number of great prizes donated from local businesses and citizens, and the tables had many people circling around to see what they might like to take home.  Each cake or confection was donated by individuals or businesses.  Auctioneer John Arnold was expansive in his praise for the many desserts which were shown from table to table by hula clad hostesses. One cake netted the cause $200,  with many others going for close to that price.  Other live auction items included a get-away and furniture.  Many were there to support the Spray Park, or to celebrate Valentines Day, or birthdays, or just to have a fun time out on the town.  Volunteers from Matthew Halton Graduation Class 2016 worked hard as the clean up crew throughout the evening.

Auctioneer John Arnold and Billi Rigaux
Pearls of Polynesia dancers Christine and Tavi Maurette explained some of the history and meaning of the dance moves.  After that they asked for female volunteers and got them up to perform a routine.  The men who volunteered where shown a warrior's dance, and a dance off was held, judged by women in the crowd.  After much deliberation from the judging panel, the prize of a lovely pair of coconuts were awarded and the men thanked for showing their fun side.

Candace Hochstein blowing out the candles on the Wacky Birthday Cake

Spray Park committee members Town Councillor Wayne Elliott and Brick owner Dave Tetachuk were called up to interpret the Don Ho classic 'Tiny Bubbles' in true Hula style, to the delight of the crowd.  Elliott even changed out of his hockey jersey to more traditional garb for the dance.  The two showed they were great sports and volunteered readily for the task.

Dave Tetachuk and Wayne Elliott
Spray Park Co-Chairs Jen Draper and Billi Rigaux thanked everyone for their efforts.  Draper was overcome with emotion at how well the evening had turned out.  She explained the society is approximately one year old and has tried to fund raise around once a month.  "The community has really blown us away.  I am flabbergasted at how much heart everyone has shown for us throughout this entire year."  She thanked the many people who have come together to help support the cause of bringing a spray park to Pincher Creek.  Although they have not yet seen their goal come to fruition, the committee is moved by how much closer their goal is to see the spray park become a reality.

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Spray Park Committee members Kari Grandoni, Billi Rigaux, Jen Draper
Matthew Halton Graduation Class 2016 volunteers
Bluerock DJ Stuart Schramm
Cassandra Matters and Dianne Gregory with a Pina Colada cake

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