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Girls’ Night Out a prelude to more booty shaking

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Approximately 170 local women warm up for a night of exercise, fun and friendship with a Zumba session in Gordon Wood Auditorium, Friday, March 1. The cancer fundraiser Girls’ Night Out was a warm-up event to the upcoming Shake Your Booty For Colon Cancer Gala, May 10. Photo by Chris Marchand

Fundraising team focuses efforts on improving local cancer care

After consecutive years of very successful fundraising efforts, the masterminds behind Dryden’s Hope In The City events have focused their fundraising efforts on making a difference in the local health care scene.

Friday’s Girls’ Night Out Dance Party saw 170 local women flood into the gym at Dryden High School to warm up with a mass Zumba exercise session, later moving the party across the street to The Centre for an evening of dancing and fun to the sounds of the all-female band The Dirty Blondes.

The event was a prelude to the upcoming Shake Your Booty For Colon Cancer gala.

Plomp says the Dream Believers, the eight-person team responsible for the local ‘Hope In the City’ events which have raised over $100,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society in the past four years, have opted for a different approach this year.

“We’re all local now,” said co-organizer Mardi Plomp. “We went to the hospital and asked what they needed in cancer care and they said they would like a colonoscope and a gastroscope which cost approximately $85,000. So our goal through this smaller casual event and our big event (Shake Your Booty For Colon Cancer) is to raise money for that equipment.”

“We decided to go local because naturally we wanted to see the funds used here — keep it close to home and support our hospital.”

Plomp says there are just a few of the 720 tickets still remaining for the May 10 gala event. After expenses, ticket sales alone already put the group around $52,000 toward their goal, the remainder of which they hope to generate at the event with the help of a prize table worth over $20,000.

“We still have a ways to go,” she said. “The businesses in this community have been supportive beyond belief. For one of the smallest cities in Canada we have the biggest heart. Friendship is the basis and foundation of happy lives and that’s what we aim to do.”

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