Second sitting planned for popular party
One of Moose Jaw’s most popular annual parties will be thrown twice this year.
© Times-Herald photo by Lisa Goudy
Cinderella reads a story to the little princesses at the Little Princess Ball at the Heritage Inn during last year's event.
The Little Princess Ball — an annual event that is now likely in its final year — will hold a second sitting on March 30, one day after its sold-out first.
“We were scared to put on the second (Ball) because we didn’t want people who have followed us to be upset,” said Amy Ofstie, one of the event’s volunteer organizers. “But because the Heritage Inn said it would be a possibility to do this, we wanted to make sure as many kids as possible could experience it.”
The Ball is a fundraiser for the Moose Jaw Health Foundation (MJHF), and every girl in the Friendly City is invited to put on her best dress and attend.
The funds raised by the event go back into the city’s hospital, earmarked specifically for initiatives that will help children.
In the past, it has been a wild success, said Ofstie.
“Every year, we sell out in about 40 minutes,” she said. “This year, people waited. There was a person there from midnight and we didn’t sell tickets until 9 a.m.”
The event was such a large affair — “we don’t know any way to do it except over-the-top,” explained Olfstie — that its organizers have had to call it quits.
Unless someone else steps up, this year’s pair of sittings will be the last.
It was for that reason that the organizers set a second date.
“We had so many people on our waiting list, and it was just crushing us that these kids wouldn’t get to go to the Ball,” she said. “We just wanted as many kids as possible to experience it.”
Kelly McElree, executive director of the MJHF, said his organization “greatly appreciates the efforts of Amy and her volunteer team.”
“It’s just a bang-up effort that they put into it, and I remember when Amy first told me (about the second sitting), I said, ‘That’s quite the undertaking,’” he said. “She and her team of volunteers are some of the finest people I’ve ever worked with.
“They really want to do this for the children of Moose Jaw,” added McElree. “You can’t say enough about that effort. It’s all heart.”
Tickets for the second sitting of the Little Princess Ball will be on sale at the Heritage Inn on Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Amy Ofstie at 306-690-6075.