Glitter in their smiles

Pipestone Flyer

 

Suzan Bekolay office manager of the Flyer, cuddles up to Ronald at Gingerbread and Glitter.

 

Gingerbread and Glitter 2012 was a resounding success.  A colorful parade, food bank donations, cash donations, fireworks, $1 hotdogs, entertainment, Christmas Craft Fair & Kids Korner, free coffee and donuts,  silent auction and raffle items, , Family Christmas Movies, the Ronald McDonald Magic Show and all provided by giving and caring people within the community of Wetaskiwin. 

The event exemplifies everything a community strives to showcase. There are endless stories and examples about the 2300 hours of volunteerism that make Gingerbread and Glitter possible. Clubs, individuals and businesses become ‘one’ to prepare for the event. Caring, sharing, all inclusive, affordable, fun, and free to everyone who wants to attend. 

The Wetaskiwin Drill Hall was transformed into a dazzling display of decorated trees, wreaths, creative creations, and of course gingerbread. The community organizations and businesses supported the event with auction items, sponsorship and donations. But perhaps more importantly, they showed their support for Gingerbread and Glitter with a high level of enthusiasm and participation. Dot Brekke, a founder of the event describes, “We have kept it affordable as admission is a food item, cash donation or an unwrapped gift. We can proudly say 100 % of proceeds raised at Gingerbread and Glitter go directly to charitable causes in the community.” 

 

Gingerbread and Glitter supports local charities

 

The proceeds from Gingerbread and Glitter are invested directly back into the community. “We have supported many worthwhile causes over the years but have narrowed it down to 3 local charities in recent years, Secret Santa, The Wetaskiwin Health Foundation and the Food Bank.” Gingerbread and Glitter also makes donations to other groups such as Horizons Centre for helping out with the event.” 

The bus used to collect donations for the Food Bank was weighed at the end of the event and was and astounding 950 pounds (440 kilograms) heavier.

Gingerbread and Glitter parade, ‘Candy Cane Wonderland’ hosted by the City of Wetaskiwin Firefighters Social Club dazzled spectators lining Main Street. The lead float carrying the VIP’s halted the procession just prior to 50th Street where MP Caulkins, Mayor Elliott and other dignitaries officially opened Phase I of the Main Street Revitalization Project. Many spectators followed the parade to the Drill Hall to melt the cold away with free hot chocolate while being treated to a performance by The Family Comedy Show by Hypnotist Keith Miller. Soon it was time to go outdoors again and enjoy another light show provided by a fireworks display at the Norm Brown Field. 

Gingerbread and Glitter opened at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16th and following a weekend of activity, the displays and decorations came down on Sunday, November 18th ending another successful and fulfilling event.   And, for the 19th time, Dorothy expressed her deep gratitude to the volunteers, “Volunteers are critical to the success of our event. It takes about 2300 hours to put on Gingerbread and Glitter.” 

For more information go to the website, http://gingerbreadandglitter.com/  where you can click on the Twitter account #GingerbreadandGlitter or go to the Facebook page to view all the scrapbooks that have been scanned and loaded to their Facebook group.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

file photo
Maskwacis RCMP investigate pedestrian fatality

Collision on Highway 2A causing fatality still under investigation.

Shaela Dansereau/ The Pipestone Flyer
City of Wetaskiwin cases rapidly climbing

City of Wetaskiwin reporting 11 active cases of COVID-19

Photo submitted/ Rita-anne Fuss
Distancing Diamond Project in Millet for mental health

Distancing Diamonds allow for social distancing community gathering.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, confirmed more than 1,000 cases over the weekend Monday afternoon. File photo
COVID-19: Central zone active cases up Monday

‘We’ve now crossed the tipping point,’ says Hinshaw

Royal Alexandra Hospital front-line workers walk a picket line after walking off the job in a wildcat strike in Edmonton, on Monday, October 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta labour board orders health-care staff who walked off the job to go back to work

Finance Minister Travis Toews said in a news release that he was pleased with the labour board’s decision

A racoon paid a visit to a Toronto Tim Hortons on Oct. 22, 2020. (shecallsmedrew/Twitter)
Who are you calling a trash panda? Racoon takes a shift at Toronto Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons said animal control was called as soon they saw the surprise visitor

Sharon Hickin, general manager of the Days Inn Sylvan Lake and the new Lake House Diner, poses for a photo outside the new restaurant. Photo by Megan Roth/Sylvan Lake News
Pandemic puts extra hurdles in place for new Sylvan Lake businesses

Over the past seven months numerous new businesses have opened in Sylvan Lake, despite the pandemic

Rachel Notley, leader of Alberta’s official Opposition, speaks in Edmonton on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019. Notley says the government needs to sharply ramp up the number of contact tracers if it wants to get a handle on the rising number of COVID-19 cases. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta Opposition calls for more COVID-19 contact tracers as case numbers rise

Alberta has about 800 tracers, and chief medical health officer Dr. Hinshaw says more are being recruited

Royal Alexandra Hospital front-line workers walk a picket line after walking off the job in a wildcat strike in Edmonton, on Monday, October 26, 2020. Hospital and health-care workers who staged a one-day illegal walkout returned to work Tuesday while politicians swapped recriminations and accusations in the house over the dispute. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta health staff return to work, surgeries resume after one-day walkout

AHS estimated 157 non-emergency surgeries, most of them in Edmonton, had to be postponed as a result of the walkout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes his way to provide an update on the COVID pandemic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Canada has reached a grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic, surpassing 10,000 novel coronavirus deaths. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Alberta COVID deaths pushes Canada past milestone of 10,000 deaths

Canada crossed the threshold of 5,000 deaths on May 12, a little over two months after the first was reported

Cases in Ponoka (East Ponoka County) as of Oct. 27. (alberta.ca)
Diagnosed cases of COVID-19 at three Ponoka businesses

Town ‘strongly encouraging’ residents to wear non-medical masks in public

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provides an update on the COVID pandemic during a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Trudeau says pandemic ‘really sucks,’ and that Christmas gatherings are up in the air

The prime minister encouraged residents to continue to follow the advice of local health authorities

The Williams Lake Indian Band is stipulating no-go zones for mushroom picking in areas burned by last summer’s wildfires. 100 Mile Free Press photo
Who controls mushroom harvesting on Indigenous lands?

‘We don’t necessarily know where the mushrooms grow, how old the stands need to be, those types of things.’

Most Read