On Saturday, November 5th the Kaslo Legion was transformed into an enchanted space for a Roaring `20s Gala that raised almost $13,000 towards a new library in Kaslo.

According to Library Board Chair Anne Heard, proceeds from the event exceeded all expectations. The

land for the new library in downtown Kaslo has been purchased and architectural designs have been

developed. The proceeds from this event will greatly help the project going forward, as strong

community support and contributions are critical for securing large government and foundation grants.

Celebrants, most of whom were costumed 1920`s style, were residents of Kaslo and Nelson areas. A

total of 89 of 90 tickets were sold.

As they arrived and settled at their elegantly-decorated tables, guests were treated to charming

background music by harpist Diemm (above). Lucas Myers then provided lots of laughs with a unique telling of

Kaslo history, followed by a Kaslovian skit. After gourmet dinners, dessert featured a memorable

experience for the senses, as music by violinist Natasha Hall and pianist Yoomi Kim was paired with

exquisite chocolates prepared by Aurelian Sudan of Nelson Chocofellar.

Success would not have been achieved without amazing community support. Local businesses, services

and individuals donated 24 products and services towards a silent auction. Activity at the tables was

extensive, with winning bids totalling $5,335.

Heard thanked her fellow Gala Committee members Sabrina Edward, Mayor Suzan Hewat, Eva Kelemen,

Lynn van Deursen, and Margaret Wanke for excellent teamwork in organizing the Gala. The Langham

Cultural Centre, Jazz fest, Kaslo Concert Society, North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society, ACE

Hardware, and Front St. Market supplied the equipment and supplies needed to create ambiance and

reduce costs. Diemm and Lucas Myers donated their performances to the event, as did Cloé Bayeur-

Holland who managed the cash bar. Barb Ryason and her team created a delicious multi-course dinner,

efficiently served by five energetic JV Humphries student volunteers. Mountain Man Mike’s volunteered

as designated driver to ensure guests arrived home safely. Lynn van Deursen, as emcee, kept the

evening running smoothly. Grant sponsorship to cover some expenses was gratefully received through

RDCK’s Community Initiatives Program and the Village of Kaslo.

A special thank you is extended to the attendees who rose to the occasion by purchasing tickets and

responding to the spirit of the event. Guests left the venue with smiling faces and many expressions of

appreciation such as “so happy after such a delightful evening; thanks for everything!” and “sure hope

you do it again!”