By Stephen Dafoe
Morinville – With the keys to the under budget and ahead of completion date Community Cultural Centre in hand, Morinville’s business community had the opportunity to be the first to be wined, dined and toured through the new facility ahead of its official opening June 11 and 12.
Thursday night’s Business After Hours provided members of the Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce an opportunity to view the new facility in exactly the way it is intended to be run, with music, good food and plenty of ambiance. The well-attended event drew close to 200 people, most of whom had previously only seen the facility from the outside. One of the most common comments from those mingling through the facility was the size of the centre and how its exterior made it look smaller than it actually was.
But while the Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours gathering was a success and visitors were impressed with the sheer magnitude of the facility, the evening was somewhat overshadowed by the magnitude of the silent auction held in support of Slave Lake’s business community.
Organized the day after the destructive fires hit Slave Lake, Morinville’s business community donated 66 items to the auction, items that pulled in a total of $4,984 during Thursday night’s auction. An additional $1,700 was given in cash donations to bring the combined total to $6,684.
Chamber of Commerce President Sheldon Fingler said Chamber Manager Jaye Parrent came up with the idea Sunday night while thinking about the tragedy and how she wanted to see something done for the community’s business community.