CHEMO BY DAY... GALA STAR BY NIGHT: Jets fan and seven-year-old cancer patient Alyx Delaloye absolutely sparkled at the Ronald McDonald House's Hope Couture gala and fashion show on Thursday, April 16. She wore a floor-length scalloped turquoise dress with jewelry of many sparkling "diamonds," her short hairdo framing her beautiful face.
The heartwarming speech at the event held at the RBC Convention Centre was the cancer-treatment story of the little Jets supporter, famous for her "Chemo by Day... Jets by Night" sign that was shown on the MTS Centre Jumbotron during a Jets game near the end of the regular season.
Dad Reg Delaloye spoke of their many journeys to and from their home in Neepawa for leukemia treatments in Winnipeg, logging "maybe 25,000 miles by now."
The family often stays the night at Ronald McDonald House, a special residence for kids in treatment and their families. Alyx's mother Jody, brother Hayden and Reg needed tissues onstage, as did half the audience. It's been a tough but inspiring experience for everyone in the family, and it isn't over yet.
SPOTTED: A huge crowd of Winnipeg's who's who, including Doug Everett of Domo; former model Linda Nelson, looking beautiful as ever; Bob Silver, chancellor of the University of Winnipeg and Free Press co-owner; Mondetta's Ash Modha; lawyers Ailish Griffin and Ryan Turner; and CTV's Terri Apostle in black formal dress with matching foot cast, outdone only by co-MC Ace Burpee in a white suit -- and his best high-top runners.
TICKETS FLYING FOR PARISIAN GALA: The 2015 RBC Rainbow Resource Centre Spring Fling Gala will feature Canada's queen of R&B, Jully Black.
How did they snag her? "A member of her production team in T.O. used to work here at the Rainbow Resource Centre, so that's our connection," says Mike Tuthill, the centre's executive director.
"My love for the LGBTTQ community runs family deep," said Black, "so whenever I can, I use my voice to amplify a great cause."
Guests at the Delta Winnipeg on May 23 "will be transported to Paris, with tables themed in Parisian landmarks," says Tuthill. Profits help provide programs and resources to LGBTTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit and queer) communities," he explains.
The Spring Fling starts at 6 p.m. with fancy cocktails. Tickets are $200 (204-474-0212, extension 201) or can be purchased online at www.RainbowSpringFling.com.
SIGN UP FOR ADULT FUN: Bocce ball starts up at Mona Lisa Ristorante in July (it runs Monday to Thursday), but it has become so popular, you have to sign up in April to be one of the 24 teams.
"It's a big party every night, you get to meet everyone and it's very social," says owner Joe Grande. "A lot of people become friends and do business together. Some people hook up, and a few even fall in love."
The league encourages crazy team names that have included the Ball Breakers, Bocce-Licious, Macaroni and Boceese, and Gucci Balls.
"The name of my team is the No Show Joes, because I never show up," Grande says.
Teams need four people but can have up to 10, so there are always fill-ins during the summer holiday months. Some star players include Free Press publisher Bob Cox and humour columnist Doug Speirs, hotelier Joe Paletta, Carmen La Rosa of Fort Rouge Travel, construction gal Mabel Garcea, BTZ broker Gail Auriti, Thomson in the Park's Donna Olson and Doug Blaylock from Investors Group.
"Last year we had 180 people in the league," says bocce convenor Marilena Moccia, who can be reached at 204-488-3687.
PATIOS COMING ALIVE: Spring 2015 has arrived.
"On the first Saturday of April we had a full deck with lineups and a waiting list!" Saffron's manager Holly Kolevris said Thursday. There have been both cool and warm days since, but now people are here to stay, she says.
Next door at Teo's bar, singer-songwriter Maxine Peters performed her first outdoor shift of pop-soul, singing two hours of originals she's recording for a new CD. Fans Yelena Maleyev and Andrea Kreller sat beside a dramatic pyramid heater that appears to shoot flames. "We've had dinner and been out here since 7:30 p.m." Maleyev said at 10 p.m. "It's about 15 degrees now and we're just fine."
IRIS GALA: It's the height of gala season and there many excellent ones to choose from. For instance, the Iris Gala is celebrating its 19th year with a gala on May 2 at the Gates on Roblin with the Danny Kramer Dance Band. The proceeds from this event, created by the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society, help provide free services to those with mental illness, as well as their family members and caregivers.
The majority of the Iris Gala proceeds this year will go toward a new program called Coming Out Proud. It focuses on reducing stigma and self-stigma of mental illness. Gala tickets are $150 to $200 with sponsorship tables from $1,500 to $3,000. For more info, call Katrina Tinman at 204-786-1616.
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