by Diva Melody Hodgson
SEAFORTH – I have always found it interesting how quickly things can transpire once the wheels have been put into motion.
This past Saturday was the 1st Annual MILPS Gala in Seaforth, hosted by the Huron East Centenaires. What began as an informal conversation after the Men’s Steak Night last summer quickly turned into a full-on planning session for a fun- filled ladies’ night in Seaforth. The gala was to focus not only on raising funds for the newly formed Men’s Senior AA hockey team and local youth sports initiatives, but also provide a showcase for some of the local bounty that Huron County has to offer. In a few short months it went from a vague idea and discussion to a sold-out event with 200 women filling the Seaforth & District Community Centre.
The MILPS Gala (which stands for Mom’s I’d Like to Party with) is not the first ladies’ night to hit Huron County (the Clinton Kinsmen has an incredibly successful one in November!), and it is with a respect for the existing events that we began the planning process.
The event featured local musician Jay Allan (who blew the audience away with his acoustic talents!), catering by Walton’s own Teresa Dejong and High Creek Farm, fashion show curated by high-end consignment boutique Scarlet in Exeter and the only non-local talent, hypnotist-comedian Hank Stone. Local partnerships were also formed with Blyth Farm Cheese and 16 Mile Cellar Winery (local businessman Paul Vandermolen of Lawnmaster is a partner), Shop Bike Coffee Roasters, Blooms ‘n’ Rooms and Your Life In Stills Photography with Rob Boyce. On top of the entertainment, thanks to the generosity of local merchants there were over 16 door prizes ranging in value from $50 to $430, and 35 silent auction items to bid on. The evening ended with a jam-packed dance floor, with DJ Jake Campbell (JCMBL) taking over the stage. Throughout the evening, the Ex-Cents (a senior men’s league hockey team) formed a squad of concierges that waited on each table hand and foot, fetching drinks, serving the plated meals and laughing at all of the ladies’ clever jokes.
It was an incredibly fun evening, and exceeded all of our expectations when planning. And while I may have been one of the event coordinators for the Gala, this is not meant to be a “toot my own horn” blog posting. As an import to Seaforth and Huron County, Saturday night exemplified beyond words how much I love this town and the surrounding area. I feel more at home here than I have in any other location (be it from the shores of lakes Erie, Ontario and Superior, to further northwest in a secluded little town called Atikokan), and it’s not just due to the fact that I have my own little family here. It is, for the most, part due the people. The area is full of amazing people who will help out at the drop of a hat, who are supportive and full of excitement and want nothing more than to see an idea succeed into fruition. Over time, they become an extended family that you never knew you needed, but are incredibly thankful to have.
Toronto may have its thousands of restaurants, clubs and subway system…but I know Huron County has more. And I know for sure we are the only area to have our own MILPS Gala ;)
Upcoming Ladies’ Nights
Be You, Be Fabulous (Seaforth) – March 5, 2015
Clinton Kinsmen (Clinton) – Date TBA
2016 MILPS Gala (Seaforth) – Jan. 16, 2016
2015 MILPS Gala Event Partners