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Fun events aim to take down cancer

Murder mystery dinner theatre and bowling to help charities

By: Scott Hayes

  |  Posted: Saturday, Mar 15, 2014 06:00 am

ANNUAL FUNDRAISER – Strikes for Cancer returns for its sixth edition on March 23.
ANNUAL FUNDRAISER – Strikes for Cancer returns for its sixth edition on March 23.
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The St. Albert Bowling Centre is prepping its pins for the sixth annual Strikes for Cancer. Started by Jaden Babiuk who was six at the time in 2009, the fundraiser is a non-competitive way to get in a few frames and help fund the Alberta Cancer Foundation at the same time.

Co-organizer Richard LaPerle is also the assistant manager at the Inglewood recreation facility. He says that this year’s event is looking to be more popular than ever before. It has already surpassed 75 per cent capacity.

“It’s very popular!” he began. “Usually, two to three weeks before, we’re about half full. We’re already up to 19 lanes out of 24. We’re trying to see if we can fill the last ones.”

People can form teams of up to six members, each needing to raise at least $50 to participate. Bowlers can expect a ton of fun plus a free lunch.

There will be a silent auction that LaPerle promises will be the best ever.

“It’s designed to be a fun event. It’s not a bowling tournament. This is about having a good time. We’ll have some games, and do some fun, crazy stuff on the lanes.”

The event takes place from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 23. The bowling centre is located at 14 Inglewood Drive.

Pre-registration requires $50 in pledges per person or $200 for a team of six. Businesses can sponsor a lane for $125.

For more information, send an email to or visit There is a registration form on the website or you can also call the bowling centre at 780-459-3337.

Whodunit raises money

It will be a dazzling whodunit in a few weeks when Charlene Bouvier and her friends hit the stage to stop cancer.

The chairperson of the annual 12-hour Relay for Life cancer charity fundraiser organized a murder mystery dinner theatre event two years ago. It’s time to raise the curtains to bring a few fresh faces out to local audiences, especially since the last one was so enjoyable for everyone either on stage or in the audience.

“I still talk about it! I do tell people that I promise them that they’ll have fun. If you don’t laugh, I’ll give you your money back. That’s how much I know you’re going to have fun.”

She’s still looking for a few volunteers to serve during the event as well.

The event runs at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre on Saturday, March 29. Tickets are $50 each. Cocktails start at 5 p.m. with the show starting at 6:15 p.m.

This year’s Relay for Life takes place at Fowler Athletic Park in between Sir Alexander Mackenzie and Richard S. Fowler schools on Sir Winston Churchill Avenue. It goes from 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 21 to 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 22.

For more information about the relay or the theatre event (including reservations), please contact Amanda Race at 780-437-8419 or via email at

Participants and sponsors can also check out to make and keep track of their donations for the Relay for Life.


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