Run Home Jack

Run Home Jack

Run Home Jack sets up dance music for TRU Grit Gala

Two sets of musical entertainment will highlight the 2017 TRU Grit Gala coming up Saturday, April 8.

Two sets of musical entertainment will highlight the 2017 TRU Grit Gala coming up Saturday, April 8.

International singer/songwriter Lydia Hol will open the evening with her songs and the local band Run Home Jack, who had the crowd up and dancing at Performances in the Park last summer will provide the dance music, says TRU marketing co-ordinator Myrissa Krenzler.

The gala, which raises funds for students attending Thompson Rivers University in Williams Lake, includes dinner, dancing, and both live and silent auctions. Raffle tickets for a travel voucher for a trip to Ottawa are also available for $20 each.

“This year’s theme is ‘Oh Canada!’ and we will be celebrating in true Canadian fashion,” Krenzler says.

Some of the auction items donated for the event include a diamond earrings and necklace set with authentic Canadian diamonds from Woodland Jewellers valued at $1,150; seven night’s accommodation at Old Key West Resort in Disneyworld, Florida from Christine Gallagher valued at $3,800; a weekend getaway at Eagle Bear Lodge from All-Ways Travel valued at $400; and Alfred Angelo evening gown from Brides & Belles valued at $300; and a framed Robert Bateman Grizzly Bear print from Robert Bateman and Framed Creations by Bruce.

Event tickets are $120 each or $960 for a table of eight and are available online at or by calling 250-392-8048.

Since the first TRU Grit Gala in 2012, Krenzler says the support of local businesses and community members has helped to raise more than $130,000 in scholarships and awards.

“This money has allowed our Williams Lake students to get their education at home rather than having to move away, in turn making them more successful in their studies,” Krenzler says.

The gala takes place at TRU campus Saturday, April 8 with cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing starting at 9 p.m.

A valet service, coat check and safe ride home will be provided by the Chimney Valley 4-H Club.

To utilize the safe ride home service vehicles must be on site.

The gala committee is also partnering with the Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society to compost food and recyclable items that may be left over from the event, Krenzler says.

“With their help last year, we were able to divert 55.5 pounds of food to the compost rather than the landfill and increase our recycling ability,” Krenzler says. “We aim to increase that even more this year. We hope you are able to join us this year for this fantastic evening of celebration.”

For more information contact TRU Gala chair Ashlee Hyde at 250-392-8145 or