Feature Friday: United Way Calgary Gen Next ROUGE


If there were any decade I could live, it would be the 1920's. From flapper dresses to silent films, I have always been fascinated with the culture and flair of the Roaring Twenties. I have probably watched every version of The Great Gatsby out there a dozen times, each! I am so excited to feature this fun event hosted by United Way of Calgary's Gen Next 2nd Annual Fundraiser. On October 15, Calgarians of all walks of life will descend upon The Bank and Baron for the chicest, sexiest soiree of the year, ROUGE. This Great Gatsby themed party is all about creating a better city for all Calgarians and having a roaring time doing it.

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Why Is This Event Important?

United Way of Calgary and Area is an organization in Calgary that works tirelessly to forge partnerships, fund programs and fuel communities. Their vision is to see a great city for all, and they do what they can to make sure this happens. Here's just a snapshot of what they do:

  • Enough For All is a poverty reduction strategy run in conjunction with the City of Calgary. Because 1 in 10 Calgarians lives at or below the poverty line, this strategy will help build communities where no one is deprived of the means and resources to achieve self-sufficiency.
  • All in For Youth is a program focused on helping kids complete school . Every year, nearly 3000 Calgarian students don't complete school on time. This impacts the social and economic success of Calgary. This program supports youth and removes some of the barriers students face to reach their full potential.
  • 211 Calgary is an information and referral service set up to help those who don't know who to call.
  • Gen Next is a powerful program designed to empower Calgary's millennials to lead change and help build strong communities.

United Way is all about driving change through community because when we have strong communities, we have a strong city.

(L-R) Karen Young, COO United Way of Calgary and Area, Lucy Miller, CEO United Way of Calgary and Area


Who Is Gen Next?

Gen Next is a community of young changemakers - the business professionals, makers, creatives, students - who take action to inspire and educate leaders in Calgary. From important discussions around social issues to sharing perspectives through art, Gen Next empowers young Calgarians to answer the call to lead and build communities where they live.

Find out more about this great program by visiting United Way's website.

Read more: Urban Exposure Project: What Makes Calgary Move

(L-R) Andrew Obrecht, Co-Founder YYC Cycle, Seyi Oyewumi, Gen Next Former Chair (2015)

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What Are The Details?

The sleek soiree is happening on October 15 at 8:00 PM. The venue? The gorgeous Bank and Baron Pub!

The event is a black tie event with a Gatsby twist, so grab your most dapper suit and flapper dress and get ready for an evening of 1920's-inspired music and dancing, the best champagne, glamour photos from the photo booth, a delicious candy bar and silent auction items.

Regular tickets are $80 and include three drink tickets plus a welcome drink. And if you want just a little more glamour and luxury, go for the VIP ticket package, presented by RBC Capital Markets. These tickets are going for $145, but you get a whole lot more fun!

Perhaps the best part of the event? One United Way donor family has agreed to match donations at the event up to $20,000 which means double the impact from our live fund drive on the night! So, in case you weren't teeming with excitement to go by now, this will tip you in the right direction.

So grab your dancing shoes and feather headpieces and get ready to double the impact, create a better city for all, and have the most glamorous night of the year in Calgary while doing good!

Grab your tickets here: http://www.calgaryunitedway.org/

BONUS: Use the code BLOG for $5 off your ticket.

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xo _ britt