The Center in Swift Current was at maximum capacity on Wednesday night for their Desserts 4 Hope Fundraiser.
Nathan Wiebe, executive director of the Swift Current Community Youth Initiative, said that the event exceeded his expectations.
“It was incredible,” he stated. “Just really humbled by the turnout and to have a sold-out event, we always hope for that. For us, we do these things with no expectations, but we work our hardest.”
The evening featured delectable desserts, live music from Dillon Currie, an inspirational speaker, a silent auction, and more.
This is the second time that the event has taken place in the community, with Wiebe adding that it was great to be back after the pandemic.
“This is our first dessert night after COVID and we tagged it Desserts 4 Hope because we wanted to give it a little bit of a different sound,” he explained. “Dessert Night Fundraiser is very generic, Desserts 4 Hope is really a good objective. We are trying to provide hope for youth and families in our community and to do it through an event like this, it provides a lot of food for thought.”
The funds from the evening will go towards the “Cultivating Strength” capital campaign program, which was announced at the event.
The goal of the campaign is to raise 220,000 dollars to turn the recently purchased building next door into a counselling and administrative office.
In total, the event raised 15,000 dollars.
Wiebe added that the night wouldn’t have been possible without the support of their sponsors, and the individuals who came out to support the event.
“We're just really grateful for our community, we have an amazing city, and you can't leave without an immense amount of gratitude to what you get to experience in this spot,” he concluded.