St. James Gate will perform at the Lacombe Kinsmen Club’s Valentine Ceilidh on February 9th, 2019. Black Press File Photo

Lacombe Kinsmen Club to host Valentine Ceilidh

Maritime fundraiser will support Kinsmen projects including Lacombe Performing Arts Centre

The Lacombe Kinsmen Club is hosting a fundraiser — with much of the profits going to the development of the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre.

The Kinsmen Valentine Ceilidh on Feb. 9th is a celebration of celtic and maritime culture and will be bringing in one of central Alberta’s favourite acts.

“We are bringing in St. James Gate, who play a lot of maritime music and Irish folk music,” Kinsmen Organizer Dwight Baird said. “They are a very entertaining band and they are really popular in this area and also now across Canada.”

Along with St. James Gate, the Kinsmen are doubling-down on celtic culture — bringing in both the Red Deer Legion Pipe band and local Scottish Highland dancers.

“It is an all-evening event and it goes non-stop,” Baird said.

Tickets can be purchased online at for $27.50 each, the majority of which will go the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre. Some of the funds will also be directed to other charitable Kinsmen projects.

“Our funds will go to to the community’s greatest needs — that is kind of our motto,” Baird said. “We are also big into helping kids, so a lot of the funds go to playgrounds, school, scholarship and a lot of other different things.

“We also support STARS.”

Tickets and other information — including Kinsmen volunteering information — can also be found by calling Baird at 403 505 4271 or Arnie at 403 505 6946.

“You can get those in advance, with tickets being $25, which is a very reasonable cost and also includes a very excellent lunch we put on later in the night,” he said.

The Kinsmen will have their big STARS fundraiser in fall 2019, and they will also host their annual golf tournament and charitable auction — with all the proceeds from the auction also going to the Lacombe Performing Arts Centre.

The Lacombe Kinsmen Club also recently wrapped-up their Santa’s Anoynomous campaign which was able to help 374 local kids enjoy Christmas in 2019.

“That is just some of the stuff we do and we stay very active,” Baird said.

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