On the evening of Saturday November 7th, I attended my first Prairie Supper. Donovan persuaded Adam to take me as off of his hands, so he could have a drama free Saturday night working with Patrick. I couldn’t have been happier than to attend with Adam and see what everyone is talking about. The supper is a benefit to raise money for the Fillmore Family Foundation, a non-profit organization that funds several community programs in the areas of Nutrition, Housing and Health. The supper is a great idea too; hundreds from Vancouver’s community showed up in support of the group (the tickets sell out each year).
Some traditions are well established to help raise some additional $$ for the charity; there is a silent auction, the bar of course, and several hundred pounds of cold hard CASH. Almost everyone in the room, except Adam and I, knew that they were expected to spend the afternoon, prior to the supper, rolling their coins. The table to eat first was the one with the highest Dollar Value of only Rolled Coins on it and no paper money allowed. There were tables with THOUSANDS of dollars of rolled coins. If I remember correctly they raised close to $15,000 in rolled coins!! Our table ate last 🙁
Linda Fillmore along, with comedian Ryan Steele were the MCs for the evening. Linda, a veteran performer cracked several jokes that had the room in stitches. Ryan on the other hand faced a tough crowd as it seemed that the audience wasn’t perhaps the right match for his “out there” humor. I was reminded by some of the other guests that this type of supper is a huge thing in the Prairies. In Saskatchewan, these suppers apparently happen almost every weekend in the fall. And personally, I don’t think that Ryan would survive in Saskatchewan (PS. We love you Ryan).
The evening ran like a well oiled machine. Food, drink and entertainment all were well planned an enjoyable. I guess the only hitch was a falling projector screen which was quickly remedied and only provided additional comedy.
I will definately attend again next year. A few pointers for the newcomers (I wish I knew):
- 1. Go on time… Seats are gone fast and if you want a good view of the stage: Show up early.
- 2. Coins… Don’t show up with less than $100 in rolled coins. Your not just helping charity but keeping the others at the table happy.
- 3. Cash only at the bar. Hit the ATM on your way there.
- 4. Dress up and follow the theme. Most people go all out and they look great.
Thank you Fillmore Family Foundation for an excellent evening with food, drink, friends, and entertainment.