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Tickets on Sale for DECSA’s Surf & Turf Fundraiser

Remember last year’s inaugural Surf & Turf dinner? The music, the food, the competitive auction… Oh, you didn’t get to go because it was sold out? Well, tickets are now on sale for the second annual fundraiser! After the success of last year’s event, we knew it would become a staple of our fundraising efforts, while providing an entertaining evening for everyone in attendance.

Surf & Turf 2nd Annual Dinner and Fundraiser poster

The event, which takes place on May 27th, is a chance for Edmontonians to come together to support Albertans who face barriers to education and employment. DECSA relies on generous sponsors and community support to keep our doors open, and this Surf & Turf is one of the best and most enjoyable ways to show your support for our clients. If you’re concerned about breaking down barriers for people with disabilities, sexually exploited individuals, people facing mental health issues, and/or any Albertans dealing with other complex issues, you’ll want to take advantage of this opportunity.

Man doing jumping-jack-like movement in the air, guided by his partner.

Our guests had very creative dance moves!

Join us for fresh lobster, flown directly from P.E.I. Enjoy premium rib-eye steaks (or a vegetarian dish, if you prefer). Indulge in some dancing, and make use of our cash bar.

If you’re seeking additional ways to contribute, you can take part in our live and silent auctions, which will include items produced by local businesses. You can choose to bid on a wide range of items, including artwork, airline tickets, hotel stays, gift certificates, and even a luxurious Sunday brunch.

Tempted? Register and purchase your tickets online, or call (780) 474-2500. We’ll likely sell out once again, so don’t wait too long. We look forward to seeing you there!

People sitting at a table wearing bibs with lobsters on them

Lobster bibs were the pinnacle of fashion that evening!


We’re Serving Holiday Spirit (And We Need Your Help)

Throughout the year, our staff and clients are focused on hard-won progress. Breaking down barriers is never easy, and overcoming trauma and other challenges is tiring. So, when the holiday season approaches, we like to take time for reflection, appreciation, and joy.

On December 14, we’ll be hosting a Christmas luncheon for anyone who is or has been a client in the past year. By preparing and serving a holiday feast for our clients, we remind them that we acknowledge, admire, and respect their efforts and progress. DECSA would not be the same without them, and we owe them our gratitude. This is just one way we can demonstrate how much our clients mean to us, and also allows us to sit down and simply enjoy fun, unstructured time with them outside the daily routine.

All the food for our luncheon is generously provided by Edmonton’s Food Bank, and it will be prepared and served by our staff. Still, we need help to obtain catering supplies, such as chafing (heating) dishes, serving utensils etc. Without these, the event cannot take place, so we’re reaching out to you—supporters, family, friends, neighbours, partners—to help us ensure our clients can enjoy a delicious holiday meal. For many of our clients, who live in low-income circumstances, this turkey dinner may be the only gift they are given this year. Help us make their holidays a little brighter.

If you’re interested in donating, please visit our campaign’s page, where you can see how much we’ve raised so far and contribute your own gift toward our goal. Remember that even if you can’t give at this time, we will still benefit from a share or two. Please share our campaign on your social media page, and tell all your friends!

We thank you for your generosity. We know you’ll help us serve some holiday spirit for those who need it most this season.

The Holidays are a time of celebration and reflection, especially for individuals facing barriers. Support our GoFundMe campaign so we can host, feed, and bring joy to our clients!


5 Family Friendly Things To Do This Weekend

We all know how much of a struggle in can be sometimes to come up with ideas that the whole family can enjoy. Not only do you have to worry about “Bobby” and “Sarah” having different interests, you often have to make sure it fits within your budget. Here’s a list of five family friendly ideas that you can do this weekend in Edmonton that won’t break the bank:

1. On Sunday, September 28th, the City of Edmonton is having a free admission day at many of the city’s favourite attractions, such as Fort Edmonton Park and the Edmonton Valley Zoo. One word of advice: Use public transportation. Parking is bound to be a nightmare! For more information on participating locations, click here. FAD_green_black

2. Head to 104th Street this Saturday to experience the outdoor vibe of City Market Downtown before it moves inside City Hall for the winter. Sample foods, listen to buskers, and browse hundreds of handmade items. Can’t make it this Saturday? Don’t worry! There are still a few more Saturdays left until they move indoors on October 18th.IMG_2472

3. Go for a walk, or play outdoors in your back/front yard. Fall is the perfect season for outdoor activities as the temperature has cooled down since the summer, but winter’s nasty below zero weather hasn’t quite hit. Aside from the temperature, the foliage is rampant with colour. Collect pretty leaves to use in a craft, take photos without having to add a filter on Instagram, or rake and then jump into a giant pile of leaves. No money required!IMG_2499

4. Have you ever heard of geocaching? According to the official website “Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.” Think of it as a technologically advanced treasure hunt. All you need is a GPS, or a smartphone, and some mode of transportation. It can be a bit tricky at first, but once you get the feel for it, can be strangely addicting! Plus, your kids will be super excited once they find the “cache”. You can find tutorials on how to go geocaching

5. Go to a sports game! The highly anticipated CFL game between the Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders is tonight at 8pm and tickets are still available! Check out availability here. Make sure to purchase a warm cup of hot chocolate- DECSA staff and volunteers will be in the back preparing it!

Football not your thing? FC Edmonton plays the New York Cosmos at Clarke Stadium, September 28th at 2pm. You can buy your tickets online here.FC Edmonton

Happy weekend everyone!