Dashing men in white shirts and bow ties, bring you your four course meal, serve your refreshments and escort you to pick up your diamond prize… Sounds a bit like a dream, doesn’t it?
The Royal Canadian Legion has made that dream a reality for local ladies and visitors to the community for the past nine years.
The Ninth Annual Diamond Dinner was held on Saturday, April 2. One hundred and twenty lucky ladies enjoyed an evening filled with refreshments, a wonderful meal, the chance to win diamonds, a gift basket, or a bottle of wine. Not one lady left the evening empty handed— each received a long stemmed rose. After the dinner and awards partners were then allowed to join their ladies and dance the remainder of the night away in the Lounge with music provided by Diane Ball.
There were six diamond winners for the evening. The first diamond pendant was won by Sandy Dunn, earrings by visitor Kelly Vaisvila, pendant by Joan Bauman, pendant by Barbie Antonick and the grand prize pendant by Arlene Pokeda. The ‘last chance diamond’ of the evening was a pendant, awarded to Roberta Baron.
Compliments to the chef’s; Bob Paterson, Derek Winter, Greg Ghiloni, Hal Anderson and Chuck Whitlock. Cheers to the men of the Bar; Fred Krenn, Ian Elko, Ross Edwards and David Woods. Kudos to the gentlemen greeters and ticket sellers; Hans Devos, Jim Martindale, Jim Turner, Shane O’Malley and the most gracious host, Mr. John Haayer.
A special thank you goes out to the evenings servers. They are truly gentlemen. Peter Antonick, Daryll Tompkins, Chris Obey, Doug Haayer, Ken Rogoski, Wayne Cummings, Dion Lewis, Jim Junkin, Larry McKenzie, Lee Mowry, Tom Guerster, Don Krenn, Stephan Dietz, Victor Holt, Wayne Terepocki, Barry Fraser, Tyler Willis, James Hornslien and Bernie Woycheshen.
This event has been thoroughly enjoyed for the past nine years and ladies if you’ve missed out, just get ready for next year.
Mr. Haayer is not about to ‘let the cat out of the bag,’ so to speak—however, he does have big plans. Next year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Diamond Dinner. Look forward to this special evening with diamonds and some other, very special prizes as well. Remember ladies, no saving, no reserves. Limited number of tickets sold, so watch for the February/March announcements and get down to the Legion on ticket day.