Annual Lacombe Victim Services Comedy Cabaret returns

The premiere fundraiser for the Victim Services Unit will be held this year on March 11th at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.

The annual Lacombe Victim Services Comedy Cabaret returns for the 14th year.

The premiere fundraiser for the Victim Services Unit will be held this year on March 11th at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.

Debbie Barron, Lacombe Victim Services Program Manager, said the evening is of course St. Patrick’s Day-themed and features a silent auction, a 50/50 draw and a live band.

“We are looking forward to it,” she said. “It is going to be a really fun night.”

New this year to the fundraiser is a live band, the Rockin Erbs, who will keep attendees dancing the night away to music from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

Comedian Brad Muise is the featured headliner and is sure to bring along many laughs. He will be joined by fellow comedians Todd Ness and Noor Kidwai for the comedy portion of the evening.

HT Catering will be selling hot appetizers like hot wings, burgers and fries throughout the evening for attendees to snack on. There will also be a cash bar operated by the Lacombe Lions Club.

All the funds raised from the comedy cabaret go directly towards volunteer advocate training and education.

The Lacombe Victim Services Unit was created in 1993, operating with a volunteer board and several hands-on volunteers.

“One of our roles is to inform victims of their right to a victim impact statement, restitution and financial benefits as well as assist them through the court process,” said Barron.

She noted that Victim Services is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through volunteer advocates in the local community.

“Over the last year we have seen an increase of around 200 per cent in the need for the service we provide,” said Barron. “Our volunteer advocates are crucial as they are the ones who deliver the program.”

It is imperative advocates keep their training up-to-date in order to better serve the community.

“During a crisis, any time, day or night, it’s our volunteer advocates who answer the call,” explained Barron.

Those looking for more information on the programs offered can check out www.lacombevictimservices.com or call 403-782-3279 ext. 152.

Doors to the Lacombe Memorial Centre open at 6:30 p.m. The entertainment will start at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $30 each and a table of eight is $220. Tickets can be purchased at the Lacombe Police Services building or by contacting Barron.

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