by Paul Baker
The annual Kiwanis Festival Gala celebrates in 10th anniversary Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the Guelph Youth Music Centre.
In its 38th year, the Guelph Kiwanis Festival began its current format in 1981, and offers performance and adjudication opportunities to about 3000 young people each year. Over 160 students received awards and scholarships in 2018, valued at over $13,400.
The Festival is a non-profit event, and all monies raised are used to cover Festival expenses and cash awards. Student registration fees have been held at a relatively low level to encourage participation - we have made only occasional modest increases in registration fees over the years, in line with other Kiwanis festivals in similarly-sized Ontario communities.
Registration fees only cover about 1/3 of total Festival costs, and the Festival relies on sponsorships, programme ads, and most importantly, the Festival Gala in February each year to raise the funds required to operate the Festival.
Those attending the Gala will enjoy an elegant evening of beautiful music, live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a chocolate fountain, wine & beer, and raffle and door prizes.
For tickets and information, please contact Festival Coordinator Heather Fleming at 519-821-4365 or visit www.gkmf.ca