Yodel club and local dancers to entertain at Bentley

The Bentley Care Centre Auxiliary’s major fundraiser has been moved up a month this year.

A special evening of dining and entertainment will be staged on April 9 at the Bentley Ag Centre.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a happy hour. Entertainment will follow around 8 p.m. A silent auction set up in the hall for bidders to peruse will take place throughout the evening with successful bidders going home with their treasured items.

This year’s entertainment includes the Wildrose Yodel Club, a group of about 14 men from central Alberta who have a passion for singing and yodelling. The group was started in 1997 by 10 Swiss immigrants and now has members from all walks of life. They practice regularly in Lacombe under the direction of Leanne Ostlund. They were very well received when they performed in Bentley in 2005 at the Bentley Ag Society’s year-end meeting.

Also performing will be the West Country Dancers. They are composed of a group of about 10 local people, led and instructed by Don McFadyen from Rimbey, who practice line dancing regularly at the Bentley Drop-In Centre on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. ¦They enjoy the exercise, socializing and learning experience. The group started up about three years ago and now entertains at care centres, hospitals and other venues.

Anyone interested is welcome to join in.

Tickets for the whole evening, including the supper, are available now and are to be pre-purchased to precipitate the ordering of meals from the caterer.

There will be a special reduced price to accommodate those who cannot make it for the supper but still wish to attend the entertainment and silent auction in support of the Care Centre. Those tickets will be available at the door starting at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the event or how you can help out call Doris at (403)748-3403 or the Bentley Care Centre during office hours at (403) 748-4115.

Donated items for the silent auction are gratefully being accepted.

Bentley Care Centre Auxiliary volunteers have been staging fundraisers since about 1993. They held 10 highly popular ladies night out Spring Fling Fashion Shows with the last one in 2005.

They included a first class catered meal, highlighted local models, and gave exposure to smaller businesses from the area. The show became too big a venture with too little help.

The group then hosted Robbie Burns extravaganzas in 2007, 2008, and 2009.Interest waned after three years and got too expensive.

Last year they hosted an evening of musical entertainment along with a catered meal and silent auction at the Bentley Ag Centre on May 7 and decided to try something similar this year.

The Bentley Care Centre Auxiliary’s mandate is to support the Bentley Care Centre, its residents, and its staff. Proceeds will go directly toward augmenting resident’s creature comforts and obtaining other equipment.