Outstanding support for 2017 President’s Gala

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March 30, 2017
More than $50,000 was raised during the 2017 President’s Gala, presented by Eagle Builders on March 24, thanks to the support of generous community members, industry leaders and friends of the college
Lakeland students will benefit greatly from this incredible support. Proceeds raised from the gala directly support Lakeland’s student awards program.

“Our students are able to lead and achieve in so many ways because of the outstanding support our community continues to share,” says Alice Wainwright-Stewart, president of Lakeland College. “The success of this event will help to expand student success and enable our students to realize their dreams. Thank you to our donors, supporters and partners for ensuring our students have the opportunity to lead today.”Auslin Perrin Alyssa Wells MC 2017 gala

With upwards of 40 students participating in the event, the President’s Gala shone a spotlight on student leadership. Alyssa Wells, a university transfer student, and Auslin McDaniel-Perrin, an agribusiness student, emceed the program. Esthetician and street rod technologies students, and welding apprentices, provided items for the live auction. Student volunteers greeted guests and served the meal.

“At Lakeland College, we pride ourselves on being student leaders and becoming community leaders, like each of you,” said Wells during the 2017 President’s Gala. “For many students, you are the people who make their education possible. Your generosity helps us accomplish our goals. You’re helping us take charge of our futures, so on behalf of Lakeland students, we thank you.”

Beverly Mahood performs 2017 galaGala guests enjoyed an evening of celebration and “reflection” at the Lloydminster campus. Beverley Mahood headlined the event with a special performance. A Luxury Raffle Package, four-course meal, and silent and live auctions were also part of the fifth annual gala.

Alumni and several dignitaries – including Dr. Richard Starke, MLA for the Vermilion-Lloydminster constituency, Colleen Young, MLA for the Lloydminster Constituency, Lloydminster Mayor Gerald Aalbers, Vermilion deputy Mayor Rob Pulyk, and County of Vermilion River Reeve Daryl Watt – joined upwards of 330 gala guests for the event.

Lakeland College thanks the 2017 President’s Gala sponsors for their support and commitment to student leadership. Close to $1.5 million in awards, scholarships, and bursaries is expected to be distributed to more than 1,500 Lakeland students before the end of this academic year.

Photos: Top from left, Auslin McDaniel-Perrin and Alyssa Wells were the student emcees at the 2017 President's Gala. As they entertained guests, they also shared their Lakeland experience. Bottom, Canadian country artist Beverley Mahood shared a special musical performance at the gala.