Organizers for the Airdrie Health Foundation’s (AHF) Light Up the Night Gala are promising a “fantastic night” at the inaugural gala on Sept. 27 at Chinook Winds Fire Hall.

“We’re really excited,” said AHF Board Member Shelley Bitz.

She said though they are keeping details of the event under wraps, attendees can expect a formal black-tie affair complete with sit-down dinner, live entertainment, live auction, speeches from higher ranking government officials and a wonderful dance.

“We are turning the firehall into something absolutely spectacular,” Bitz said but wouldn’t shed any further light on the décor.

She said the auction include about 10 high-end items including a week’s stay at a cabin at Gleniffer Lake, a 60-inch TV, a private dinner for eight with Mayor Peter Brown and MLA Rob Anderson, a wine fridge filled with wines and much more.

Tickets to the event are sold out but Bitz said the AHF is always looking for donations and proceeds from the Light Up the Night Gala will go to help bring needed medical equipment to Airdrie.

She said the group is actively fundraising to bring “equipment beneficial for 24-hour health care with a vision to open a 24-hour health care facility in Airdrie.”

The group of about 14 board members has been working together for the last three years but officially became a foundation in October 2013.

Bitz said the group is made up of a good mix of City employees, politicians, local citizen and doctors.

“Our committee is really a voice for the passion in the community so Alberta Health Services takes notice,” she said, adding AHF is not an advocacy group but is a fundraising group to get equipment and ultimately a 24-hour facility in Airdrie.

“It’s going to be a fantastic night,” Bitz said.

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Written by: Allison Chorney, Airdrie City View

Thursday, September 26, 2014