Hard hats and tuxedos

April 18, 2016

Should you pass by the Robbins Health Learning Centre on the evening of April 23, you might have questions. Like, why are hundreds of people on campus on a Saturday night? Why are most of them wearing hats? Or, more specifically, why are they wearing hard hats? The construction site is, after all, just a little to the west of the Robbins.

What you would be witnessing is the Mad Hatter’s Gala, MacEwan University’s annual fundraising event. In a longstanding gala tradition, guests wear their most creative, decorative and outrageous hats.

But why the hard hats?

“This year’s gala is in support of MacEwan’s new Centre for Arts and Culture, which is under construction just steps away from the Robbins,” says event organizer Sarah Branton, who works in the university’s Alumni and Development department. “So this year’s event theme is the Hard Hatter’s Gala.”

The event will include non-stop activity – a four-course dinner, silent auction, performances by students in the university’s performing arts programs, and a special appearance by MacEwan alumna, Juno-nominated singer/songwriter Chloe Albert. The evening wraps up at the Concrete Mixer after party, where guests can dance until the wee hours.

The Mad Hatter’s Gala is proudly supported by the Christenson Group of Companies, Bell Canada, Canadian Western Bank, Allstar Show Industries and Chomiak Charolais.

For more information, visit the Mad Hatter's website.

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