FortWhyte Alive's coolest party of the year truly lived up to it's name (and reputation) this year! With chilly temperatures in the minus teens, the hardiest Manitobans amongst us came out in droves to celebrate all things winter at our 3rd annual Lake Shaker on Saturday, March 11. A sell-out event once again, the Lake Shaker raised over $7000 in support of nature education programming at FortWhyte Alive. Thank you to our sponsors, attendees, volunteers and staff for being a part of this memorable evening:
- Our thanks to sponsors Cornell Creme and Mill St. Brewery for helping us shake a lake in style – we're still dreaming of those ice cream floats with maple whiskey, yum!
- Thanks to the crew from the Buffalo Stone Cafe by Diversity Foods for keeping us warm with delicious snacks.
- As always, thanks to our incredible FortWhyte Alive volunteers... we couldn't have done it without you!
- Thanks to everyone who donated prizes for our silent auction (Wilder Goods, Bronuts, Little Sister Coffee Maker, Sculpt Barre, Jenna Rae Cakes, Coal and Canary, Parks Canada, Happyland Print Shop, Bothwell Cheese and Sherbrook Street Deli) – we raised a record $1100 on raffle ticket sales alone!
- The first 50 attendees received amazing giftbags with treats courtesy of our friends at Creemore Coffee, GORP, CPAWS, and Mill St. Brewery.
- Thank you to Natalie for facilitating our craft station, to Manitoba Living History Society for bringing along your incredible actors (including Chief Peguis who told stories around the bonfire), Cloverdale Forge for the live blacksmithing, to FortWhyte's own Barret for his Open Fire Brewing demo.
- Big ups to Braydon from Tripwire Media Group for once again going the extra mile with the photo booth (photos will be posted on Facebook in the coming days!)
- Thank you to the fabulous Walking Wolf Singers and Dancers for the incredible performance by Ray and Houston (we still have goosebumps!), to the Riel Gentleman's Choir for bringing their booming voices and hilarious songs, DJs Ack 'n' Quack (of Eat Em Up Records) and DJ K-chedda for keeping us dancing all night long!
The smell of bonfire may have subsided, but memories of this wild fundraiser will stick around for years to come.