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The third annual Twilight Festival is fast approaching and Tyler Arnold, event organizer, said there are still tickets available.

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Arnold said including himself, the Twilight Festival Society is a non-profit corporation that operates the Twilight Festival and the volunteer board includes Laurie Allan, Becky Webster, Tricia Rakos, Nicole Palmer, Michelle Ball and Sharon Dechaine.

“The purpose of the Twilight Festival is to celebrate and promote local businesses and the downtown area while raising funds for a local non-profit organization every year,” Arnold said.

He said along Fourth Avenue SW under event tents the Twilight Festival will hold the Twilight Long Table Dinner and Dance on Saturday, Sept. 15, doors will open and cocktail hour starts at 4 p.m., dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and the dance begins at 8:30 p.m. The Twilight Art and Fashion Show on Sunday, Sept. 16 will begin at 12:30 p.m.

On the Twilight Festival’s Facebook page an online vote was held where the community voted that all the proceeds raised from the event will be given to Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue Foundation.

Kim Hessel, owner of the Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue Foundation, said she started Heaven Can Wait back in 1999 because she saw a need for it and also because of the stories of animal abuse she heard.

“I didn’t think the need was as big as it was,” Hessel said. “I read an article in the paper about a cat who’d been tortured to death by a group of young people because their landlord told them to get rid of their cat and I was just outraged, like, ‘oh my god I just bought a house here is this how people treat animals?’

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“Then I realized there were no resources, I just assumed there was something, and the more I realized there were no resources I thought maybe I should do something to help the animals in the community and make a difference,” Hessel said.

Tickets for the long table dinner and dance are $150 per person and tickets to the art and fashion show are $40.

This year’s theme is called Twisted Twilight.

“It’s going to be a crazy, fun mismatched event,” Arnold said

The long table dinner will include a free cocktail for attendees upon arrival and there will be plenty of local restaurants and alcohol vendors to sample, Arnold said. There will also be a catered dinner by a chef based out of Vancouver named Jade Berg followed by a dance with live music played by Camie Leard Band.

He said tickets for the art and fashion show include an art show by local artists, appetizers, a free drink, numerous kiosks by local clothing stores, a fashion show, and a chance to shop at some of those stores, Arnold said.

“Tickets can be purchased at Cottonwood Bridal and Formals, Pixie Hollow, Olive and Finch, The Shop, White Bull, Highwood Golf and Country Club, and Walkers Country N’ Western Wear.  Additional drinks will be available for purchase at the show,” Arnold said via email.

Arnold said they are also still looking for sponsors and said it is a great way to promote your business. He said you also don’t have to necessarily be a business to sponsor, you can just be someone who wants to help out.

He said they are still looking to fill 50 volunteer positions and for those who are interested to visit hrtwilight.com or email twilightvolunteer@gmail.com.

“It helps secure us into the fall and winter, I mean our veterinary cost is our biggest expense and it doesn’t get any cheaper unfortunately,” Hessel said.

For more information about sponsoring, volunteering or the events in general visit hrtwilight.com and for info on the dinner, e-mail twilightlongtabledinner@gmail.com, or call Tricia Rakos at 403-336-6334, Laurie Allan at 403-585-3995 or Becky Webster at 403-601-0157.

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