Golden Gala supports Leader in Me

The Rotary Club of Golden is getting ready to host its second annual gala dinner and dance on April 5 at the Civic Centre.

The Rotary Club of Golden is getting ready to host its second annual gala dinner and dance on April 5 at the Civic Centre.

Last year’s gala raised over $10,000 for the proposed Early Learning and Care Hub. This year’s cause is the Leader in Me program that recently received support from Town Council at a meeting last month.

Leader in Me, a program aimed at elementary school students, incorporates the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Dr. Stephen Covey into day to day life at the school. Covey’s son Sean will be speaking at the gala, along with American Rotary member Bob Carroll.

“Programs like the Leader in Me…it’s a pretty special program, I’m excited for Golden,” said Rotary member Rav Summal about the Gala’s cause. “(Bob Carroll) is also a very inspirational speaker, he’s the kind of guy who will make everyone in the room tear up, he just has a way of touching people with the way he speaks.”

A dance, featuring local DJ Tracey Muhajic, will follow Whitetooth Bistro’s catered three course dinner, which will feature prime rib. The Parson Jazz Cooperative will also be performing.

Summal was one of the main organizers of the inaugural Rotary Gala last year and said the idea for the event came out of a lack of a formal dinner that was open to everyone in town.

“Rotary has deep roots in this community and is very community minded,” Summal said. “It was the perfect organization to bring local business leaders, volunteers and community members together for a great cause and even more importantly, a really fun evening.”

Last year’s event was a sell-out and considered a resounding success. Tickets for the Gala are available at The Golden Star and from Rotary members for $50. The evening will start with cocktails and drinks at 5:30 p.m. on Apr. 5, with the dinner beginning at 7:00 p.m.. Rotary’s goal is to raise $20 for the Leader in Me program for each ticket sold.