Private shopping for the public good


City non-profit organizations are signing up to sell tickets to an upcoming special event at St. Albert Centre. When the mall hosts its Black Friday Gives Back extravaganza, there will be crowds enjoying holiday deals, entertainment and door prizes, not to mention the fundraising being offered right back to the community groups themselves.

“St. Albert Centre really is proud to support our community,” said Jillian Creech, the mall’s general manager, noting its longtime work with the St. Albert Food Bank and the International Children’s Festival. “We just wanted to broaden that support. We wanted to create something that is open to all not-for-profits and organizations within the community.”

The Black Friday event actually takes place on Thurs., Nov. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the mall. While it will give consumers the chance to get some good holiday shopping done all in one indoor setting, it will also benefit the non-profits that will get 100 per cent of the ticket sales.

The enticement of getting those amazing deals on the eve before the big day might be more than enough to drive in the masses.

“We know that Black Friday has really evolved to be quite a big event in the city and in Canada.”

She said that a good number of organizations have already become partners in the event. The more, the merrier, she added.

Tickets are $10 each. Interested organizations are asked to contact Shelly Dalrymple with the mall’s administration to register. She can be reached at 780-458-7839 or via email at More details on the event will be released closer to the date that it will be held.

100 Men gives to Housing Society

The local chapter of a philanthropic organization recently made another $10,000 donation. The T8N100Men group offered its regular community contribution to the St. Albert Housing Society two weeks ago.

That organization works to provide safe and affordable housing for individuals and families in the city. It will be hosting its HOMEStyle Breakfast fundraiser starting at 7 a.m. on Tues., Nov. 14. The event will be hosted by T8N100Men’s John Farlinger and will feature the special guest speaker Henry ‘Gizmo’ Williams. It will be held at the St. Albert Curling Club, 3 Taché St.

Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased by calling 780-544-2205 or through Funds will go to support the organization’s HOMEconnection Program, which helps people with housing and supportive services.

More charity for breakfast

Inclusion Alberta is hosting its Changing Lives, Changing Communities fundraising breakfast on Tues., Oct. 17 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The organization supports children and adults with developmental disabilities. Tickets to the event are free but people are asked to save their seats before Oct. 10. Please call 780-451-3055 ext. 412 or visit to learn more.


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Scott Hayes

Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns and profiles on people.