A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by the Women of Industry Fort Nelson to attend their event to raise money for the Fort Nelson Senior Society. The Women of Industry host 4 events a year to raise money for various organizations within the town. As well, I was asked if I could donate a prize for their raffle draw. The event was called “Jukebox Mania” and listed contests for best costume, best dance, and best lip sync. I figured since I didn’t know anyone going to the event, I wouldn’t risk dressing up especially when I had no idea what to expect.
When I first arrived I had unknowingly parked on the wrong side of the building and there weren’t any other cars to be seen. I spent 10 minutes trying to find my way to the right room in the Rec Centre and ended up going in a circle. (Don’t ask me how… but it happened). I had to call my husband who was in Vancouver at the time to ask him if I was in the right place. When I finally found the room I was surprised to find a room FULL of women dressed in costumes as some of their favourite singers and bands. They had decorated the venue in music notes, posters, blow up guitars, and even a life size cardboard Gene Simmons and Luke Bryan (which were auctioned off at the end of the night).
I set my donation gift certificate down next to other prizes from local businesses, found a seat, and waited for the event to begin. As I suspected of a small town, all of the women knew each other and had their tables of teams set out for the games. I probably seemed pretty out of place with a giant table all to myself and instantly regretted sitting at a completely empty table, thinking it was going to be a very long night. Thankfully, within seconds Lorelei (owner of Gold Fever) came over and offered me a seat at her table. I met the other women at the table, although I may not recognize some of them as they went all out with the costumes.
The night consisted of many games of “name that tune” and some pretty outrageous contests. The dinner was buffet style and had so many wonderful desserts that I could have just filled up on cake. I was impressed that this event was so popular and well organized, and I was happy to see that my prize had several little raffle tickets in its bucket. I’m grateful to the table of women who invited me over and made what could have been a long night at an empty table, a fun night to remember.
As you can probably guess with this blog post, this family session is the outcome of the gift certificate. The Johnson family were the winners of the prize and were able to put it towards a fall session. They were so excited to have won that we had booked a time and date within a couple of days of the event, which reassured me that donating a prize was a good idea. The location was on a hill in Fort Nelson and it had an incredible view of the distant mountains and vast forests. It took a little bit to get the little ones smiling, but once they did I captured some priceless images (particularly when they didn’t think they were getting their picture taken).