Georgian Dream Gala raises $145,000 for student scholarships
November 12, 2014

A man in culinary white plays a hand drum for a crowd

Soul Drums performs with students and guests at the Georgian Dream Gala at Casino Rama. The sold-out event raised $145,000 for awards and scholarships for Georgian students.

Liquid nitrogen raspberry mousse, a robot pouring drinks, a drumming flash mob and an online silent auction were all part of An Evening of Innovation at Georgian College’s Dream Gala on Friday at Casino Rama.

Guests celebrated student and faculty innovation while raising $145,000 for awards and scholarships for Georgian students.

Practical Nursing student Kristy Freund won a scholarship with funds raised at the 2012 Dream Gala, a biennial event. She told the sold-out crowd how it helped her travel to the Dominican Republic on an interprofessional volunteer trip with her classmates to deliver health care to local residents.

“I want to thank you for helping me cover the costs of this life-changing experience. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life,” said Freund.

Kristy, wearing her guitar, shares the stage with Kim Mitchell

Juno Award winner Kim Mitchell, right, and Georgian College student Kristy Freund were two of the performers at the Georgian Dream Gala. The sold-out event at Casino Rama raised $145,000 for awards and scholarships.

The event was emceed by Suhana Meharchand, host of CBC News Now. It also included performances by Juno Award-winning musician Kim Mitchell, Soul Drums, and local band Code Blue. Students were involved in every facet of the event – Freund, who is also an aspiring country singer, performed as well.

“We want to thank all of our sponsors and guests for helping us exceed our fundraising goal. The night was all about Georgian students and hundreds of them stand to benefit from the new scholarships we will create with the funds raised,” said Stephanie Knight, Manager, Resource Development.