A Message from Paz & Peter
“Boogie with the Stars” is part of a fun-filled, annual, New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance held at the Civic Centre in Prince George, BC. The evening is primarily one of music and dance for everybody, with an excellent buffet dinner, great entertainment, together with a fundraiser for the University Hospital of Northern BC in coordination with Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.
The evening came about as a result of the two of us wanting to experience a elegant and tasteful “New Years Eve” function, where we could enjoy a dignified evening of good company, good food, good music and good dance, all at a beautiful venue. There was simply nowhere to find this, so we decided to set up our own event. After several years of planning, we boldly walked into the Civic Centre one day in 2010 and plonked down a deposit for December 31st. We planned everything, or so we thought, and originally a fundraiser had not been on our list, so when an opportunity presented itself with Kim, and the Spirit of the North, it seemed like a match made in heaven, and as they say, the rest is history.
Every year we look for high quality entertainment, in order to add colour, flare and energy to the evening. The entertainment is carefully chosen to augment the dignity and elegance of the evening, blending visual entertainment with the dance floor and a variety of music, where folks can simply sit and watch, or get involved at their own level of comfort and activity.
The competition segment of the evening is based on the concept of the very successful TV show, “Dancing with the Stars” – we put a cast of local celebrities and people of notoriety together with local dance instructors for a dance competition like no other in Prince George. Our stars have included Politicians, Bankers, Doctors, Educators, plus high profile members from the Business community and the Media. Besides working very hard with their dance instructors on their routine, the Stars have also put in a tremendous amount of time and effort to raise money by selling votes and accumulating pledges. All proceeds go towards supporting finance for the many services and pieces of equipment required to help folks in need of medical attention in Northern BC. The financial arrangements are organized and prudently administered by the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation.
Funds and support flow in from all walks of life, but it is toward the business community that we look for significant support of this very worthy cause. Support can be in the form of media and publishing services, direct sponsorship, signing up as one of the “Stars”, or simply attending this gala event with friends, where everyone gets an opportunity to buy votes for their favourite Dancing Star, and then dance the night away to see I the New Year!
It is well recognized of course, that the true success of any benefit relies heavily on corporate sponsorship. By giving to this annual event, it will be supporting the Healthcare Foundation and in turn helping provide assistance to people in need in our northern BC community. Sponsorship will be recognized at our event in several ways. As well as being announced verbally during the event, the supporting organizations will be placed on all materials that publicize the event.
If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact Paz at 250-640-0490, Peter at 250-565-8888 or Kim Royle at Spirit of the North 250-565-2381. We will be more than happy to give any potential sponsors a brief overview of the financial structure of “Boogie with the Stars”.
Paz M. Milburn
Boogie with the Stars