One of Wetaskiwin’s most popular secondhand operations, Agape Thrift Store and Community Outreach, saw a successful first gala night Feb. 10 in Nisku.
The Helping Hearts black tie affair, featuring a silent auction and dance, was held at the Nisku Rec Centre on 18th Ave noted Agape executive director Kate Halas at the store Mar. 01.
Halas said the evening raised $1518.31 for the charitable operation, and the funds will go towards running of the charity store and outreach programs available at Agape.
“Everything was amazing,” said Halas, noting the event featured a great venue, great food and a lot of positive feedback. She said guests praised the event profusely.
The gala also featured a 50/50 to benefit a local Wetaskiwin organization, Guardians of the Children, who assist local kids. Agape raised $172.50 for the Guardians.
Halas said the event was a success and organizers are planning another. Volunteers and organizers noted they learned a lot about about organizing a charity gala. She also noted Agape would have liked to hold the gala in Wetaskiwin, but could not secure a venue.
The funds will benefit not only the thrift store operation, but outreach programs too. Agape has two new programs running, Tegan’s Toy Chest, a referral program which offers birthday gifts for kids who might otherwise go without, and Lil Jons Senior’s Companions, which pairs volunteers with seniors who are facing social isolation.
After moving into their new location at 4704 50th Street (the former Sears appliance outlet), Agape has some space that is earmarked for developing a social space for seniors where they can get away from their home for a few hours, have a cup of tea and socialize.
Halas noted Agape still offers all of their great gently used goods at their new location, and also reminded parents Agape has lots of clothes that would be great for Grad season, especially Grad.