The fourth annual Colchester Food Bank Evening of Hope Not Hunger gala is set for June 7. Pictured is the set-up of last year’s event. Johanna Matthews – Portraits by Johanna

TRURO – It’s time to put your best dress on and walk the Red Carpet.

The fourth annual Colchester Food Bank Evening of Hope not Hunger gala is set for June 7, and Red Carpet is the theme.

“We’ve had some fun at a masquerade, in the roaring ‘20s, and the ‘50s, and this year it’s the glitz and glam of the Red Carpet,” said Mandy Wood, one of the organizers of the event. “Come as your favourite Hollywood star, or as your most amazing self. We will have an actual red carpet for the event.”
The annual gala began as a celebration and fundraiser for the food bank’s 30th anniversary.

“We’re in need of a permanent home and it became increasingly important,” said Wood. “And we wanted a way to recognize the community. We have awards for volunteers, businesses, community groups, schools, and donors. We like to see it as a way of saying thank you for the amazing support of the community.”
This year, the event will see guests arrive to the Holiday Inn Truro as the venue, a change from the Best Western Glengarry last year.

“We’re trying to spread the love around for local hospitality venues. We have an amazing relationship with the Glengarry, and the Holiday Inn as well,” said Wood.

The fundraising event has brought in about $16,000 gross in each of the previous years, and Wood said the goal is to always beat the previous amount raised.

“We’ve been pretty consistent with that,” she said.

Sobeys is back as presenting sponsor, which she says helps with their expenses. Rod DeViller of Cat Country and Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River MLA Lenore Zann will be emcees of the event, which will feature a balloon blitz, 50/50 draw, silent auction, door prizes, and costume prizes.

“We usually have about 100 people attend the gala, but we’d love to fill the room with 200,” said Wood.

There will also be fun trivia questions.

“There will be lots of opportunity for people to win prizes,” she said.

Johanna Matthews, of Portraits by Johanna, will once again be on site with a photo corner, with Iron Tide – a youth drumming group based in Millbrook – will be performing.

And of course, the gala wouldn’t be complete without an element of surprise. Last year, for the ‘50s theme, gala attendees were surprised with a soda shop.

“We try to add an element like that every year,” said Wood.

The gala begins with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner and awards at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 each, with a table of eight available for $300. Tickets can be purchased at MacQuarries Pharmasave on the Esplanade.

For more information, including making donations for the silent auction or door prizes, contact Mandy Wood at mandywood.ns@gmail.com.