13th Annual Lacombe Victim Services Comedy Cabaret returns

One thing’s for sure, Lacombians like to laugh, especially if it’s for a good cause.

One thing’s for sure, Lacombians like to laugh, especially if it’s for a good cause. The Lacombe Victim Services Comedy Cabaret returns for the 13th year.

The fundraiser for the Victim Services Unit will be held March 13th.

Debbie Barron, Lacombe Victim Services program manager said the evening is St. Patrick’s Day-themed and features a silent auction, door prizes and a 50/50 draw.

“Tickets are going really fast,” she said.

As the donations for door prizes and the silent auction continue to roll in, Barron said there are some phenomenal prizes this year, including tickets to an Edmonton Oilers vs. the Winnipeg Jets hockey game on March 23rd.

Comedian Tim Nutt is the featured headliner and is sure to bring many laughs to attendees. The ever-popular hot wings will also be returning this year for guests to snack on, along with popcorn and the cash bar.

“The community support for this event is phenomenal,” said Barron.

As the sole fundraiser for Lacombe Victim Services for the year, community support of the event is vital for the organization to continue on supporting victims of crime and trauma.

During last year’s event, organizers estimated upwards of $4,000 was raised.

The Lacombe Victim Services Unit was created in 1993, operating with a volunteer board and several volunteers. “We have a wonderful group of volunteers who are caring, compassionate and who are on call 24 hours, seven days a week,” said Barron.

“The purpose of the program is to follow the guidelines of the Victims of Crime Act by assisting the residents and visitors to our local area, where their lives have been impacted by a crime or a traumatic event.”

Lacombe Victim Services provides assistance to both primary victims, those who experience direct injury, loss or trauma. Assistance is also provided to secondary victims, persons beyond the immediate victim to whom repercussions of a crime or trauma may spread including friends, family and co-workers.

“When following the Victims of Crime Act, victims have the right to know about victim impact statements, restitution and financial benefits,” explained Barron.

Doors to the Lacombe Memorial Centre open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and a table of eight is $180. Tickets can be purchased at Lacombe Police Services or call Barron at 403-782-3279 ext. 152.