The Starlight Soiree has had a variety of themes over the years

10th annual Starlight Soiree going back to event’s roots

One of Golden’s most popular events in the lead up to Christmas is right around the corner.

One of Golden’s most popular events in the lead up to Christmas is right around the corner as the annual Starlight Soiree is getting set to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Staff at the Golden Women’s Resource Centre (GWRC), including Linley McLean and Jordanna Gorrill, have decided to go without a main theme for this year’s event, opting to keep it simple, as it was originally.

“Because it’s the 10th anniversary we’re just taking it back to the basics…just having a really elegant night out as opposed to some type of dress up theme. The theme itself is the Starlight Soiree,” Gorrill said.

McLean recalls the modest beginning for the Soiree and how it has evolved into what it is now as a highlight of Golden’s annual calendar.

“I think it fills a bit of a gap at a certain time of year,” McLean said. “There aren’t many reasons to get dressed up with your friends and to just go out and have a special evening in Golden, so it’s an opportunity for that.”

While the event raises funds for the Women’s Centre, it is far from a women’s-only event as men are welcome to join in on the fun as well.

Returning this year will be the always popular food challenge – where local restaurants serve competing appetizers – as well as a silent auction and the naming of Golden’s Woman of the Year.

This year, the food challenge will include a group of special guests who will act as servers for the evening.

“Instead of having it…buffet style, the Rockets are going to serve for us. So they’re going to be walking around and serving food to kind of give that elegant boost to the evening,” Gorrill said.

Locals Faith Lainchbury and Karen Wilson will emcee the event and the Parson Jazz Cooperative will provide the night’s musical entertainment.

The GWRC has many fundraisers throughout the year, but the Soiree remains one of their most important events, bringing in over $10,000 on an annual basis.

“This contributes to a lot of our existing programs but it allows us to look at other things that we can potentially offer,” McLean said.

One of the centre’s newer programs is Girls Group, a pair of weekly groups for middle school and high school-aged girls.

“It’s a safe space for girls to come and (discuss) any questions, any topics they want to talk about, things that are relevant to them. I think it’s an awesome program. It wasn’t something that was available to me when I went to high school and I wish it would have been,” Gorrill said.

The Soiree will take place on Dec. 3 at the Civic Centre and there’s still time for businesses to contribute to the silent auction or the food challenge. For more information on how to get involved, Gorrill can be contacted at the GWRC at 250-344-5317.