Kinettes getting ready for a ball

Members of the Estevan Kinettes Club have been getting ready to host their Super Magical Princesses and Superheroes Ball on Jan. 19 at the Royal Canadian Legion’s Estevan branch, starting at 1 p.m.

Kasey McIntyre, a member of the local Kinettes Club, said they had 32 tickets available, as of Tuesday afternoon. Capacity for the event will be 160 people. The deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday at 9 p.m., so that the Kinettes can complete the seating chart in time for the ball.

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The ball is an opportunity for young girls to dress up in their finest princess attire, and for boys to don their superhero garb. Adults will also be dressed as princesses and superheroes to entertain the children.

Proceeds from the ball will be directed towards Cystic Fibrosis Canada, and the theme is Come Together and Fight for a Cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

Children will enjoy activities throughout the afternoon, and a DJ will be providing live music. Kinette Jolie Bayda will be taking photographs. There will also be raffles, door prizes, snacks and drinks.

“It’s an event for the whole family, which we are very proud to do as Kin, and to bring the community together,” said McIntyre. 

There will also be presentations and speeches at the event. Saskatoon resident Cassidy Evans, who has cystic fibrosis, will be coming to Estevan to share her experiences with the disease, and explain how she has made the best of it.

“She has a really wonderful message,” said McIntyre. “I was lucky enough to hear her at a Kinsmen and Kinette convention at Prince Albert, and as soon as she was done speaking, I thought she should be our guest speaker for our ball.”

A Pay it Forward Princess will be recognized for her efforts to support the community. McIntyre said the recipient has done a number of things, and will be presented with flowers, gifts, a photo at the ball and a certificate recognizing her for exemplifying the attributes of the Kinette Club.  

In the first two years of the event, it was known as a princess ball. Last year it was expanded to a pirate and princess ball in an effort to attract boys and girls, and this year the theme is superheroes and princesses.

“After the second year, we had a lot of feedback from the community, and they said they wanted to have a way to have boys come too, and I thought the more the merrier,” said McIntrye.

They have been looking for fun ways to get the whole family to come out.

“I know that’s really appreciated, because even grandmas come out to the ball and hang out with their grandchildren,” said McIntyre.

She believes the club is fortunate to continue to receive the support of the community. She recognizes that times are tough in Estevan, and for people to choose to continue to come, it means a lot to McIntyre and her family, since her son Liam has CF, and the support means a lot to the Kinettes as well.

“Have a fun afternoon with your family,” said McIntyre. 

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