Annual TRU fundraiser set to feature virtual entertainment, dinner delivery

TRU Gala goes virtual

TRU’s annual Foundation Gala is going virtual this year, but food and entertainment are still available for attendees thanks to several partnerships with local businesses.

The new format, necessitated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, will be a first in the gala’s 25-year history, according to a press statement from the university.

“We’re immensely grateful for all the community partners that are making the TRU Foundation Gala possible this year,” Brian Daly, the vice-president of university relations, said in a statement.

“This has been a flagship event for more than 25 years and the university’s largest yearly fundraiser for student support. In the true spirit of community, this year’s gala is the result of work by many.”

The gala, themed A Community Affair, will be held virtually on Feb. 6, with a scheduled cocktail and dinner hour.

The annual event raises funds for TRU student scholarships, bursaries and awards. The university reported last year, the gala raised $130,000 to purchase specialty equipment for the School of Nursing.

This year, TRU said they are able to support local businesses through the new format as well.

According to the university, gala attendees are able to select a dinner option from a variety of partner restaurants, including Earls, The Noble Pig, Bright Eye Brewing, Romeo’s Kitchen and Spirits, TRU Culinary Arts and the TRU Conference Centre.

Touchless dinner delivery will be provided by locally-based company Mitchie’s Delivery, who will be supported by the TRU WolfPack cheerleaders on the night of the event.

The evening’s entertainment will be provided by MC Rich Woods of B100 and 98.3 CIFM.

As part of the event, the university is also hosting an online silent auction. The public will be able to bid on auction items anytime until Feb. 6 at 8:30 p.m. Event tickets are not required to participate in the auction, according to TRU.

Tickets start at $65. Attendees can view dinner options and purchase tickets through TRU’s website.

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