The Lacombe Athletic Park Association welcomed Edmonton Eskimo Tanner Green and Olympic Athlete Jessica O’Connell to their annual Gala in 2020. (Todd Colin Vaughan/LACOMBE EXPRESS)

The Lacombe Athletic Park Association welcomed Edmonton Eskimo Tanner Green and Olympic Athlete Jessica O’Connell to their annual Gala in 2020. (Todd Colin Vaughan/LACOMBE EXPRESS)

Lacombe Athletic Park invites you to the ‘grooviest’ gala

The Lacombe Athletic Park Association (LAPA) will be hosting the ‘grooviest’ party and raising funds for their track expansion project.

LAPA wants Lacombe to dig out their best 70s duds or sports jerseys for their 12th Annual Fundraising Gala on March at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.

Last year the gala was disrupted, like many events, due to COVID but this year the association is ready to make up for lost time. The evening will feature cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and special guests. Calvin McCarty, running back for the Calgary Stampeders and Tanner Green and Cole Nelson of the Edmonton Elks will be stopping by.

“The LAPA gala will be an evening of great fun,” said Delaney Hill, LAPA gala coordinator adding that this year the theme is 70s disco.

“So come dressed in your grooviest threads or, as always, you can keep it casual and represent your favourite team in a jersey.”

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All the fun will help raise funds for LAPA Phase 2 expansion which is focused on the running track and field infrastructure.

The new track, which would be IAAF Class 2 certified would become the 12th track in Canada with that certification. The other two Alberta, IAAF certified tracks are at Foote Field in Edmonton and Foothill Park in Calgary. It would also feature fully-automatic timing for all races and a score clock for spectators to view times.

“We have something for everyone, and our guests are invited to sit back, relax with a great meal, and spend some time among friends,” said Hill, adding that you don’t need to be a sports fan to enjoy the event.

“This is a great opportunity for a fun night out.”

The silent auction features a growing list of tools, gift certificates, baskets to local businesses, sports memorabilia and experience packages. Hill said that local businesses still have time to donate silent auction items.

“We have a total of 42 tables of eight to sell, and our goal is always to have a full house,” said Hill.

The gala will be held at the Lacombe Memorial Centre on March 5. Tickets are $125+GST each or $900+GST for a table of eight. For tickets or silent auction information contact lapagalacoordinator@gmail.com.