By Kevin J Sabo
For the Advance.
Vancouver based comedian and ventriloquist Damien James entertained to a sold-out crowd at the 8th Annual Halkirk Seafood and Comedy night. Around 220 people packed into the Halkirk community hall on the frigid evening of Feb. 9 for the event.
The Elks, along with a dozen students of the 2019 Gus Wetter School grad class, served up a variety of seafood ranging from clam chowder and biscuits to shrimp skewers as well as a variety of salads and deserts.
For the entertainment portion of the evening the Elks held door prize draws, a silent auction, and a 50/50 draw in addition to the evening’s headliner. The silent auction items were donated by a variety of individuals and businesses and had a little bit of everything. A welded firepit, airplane rides and hockey tickets were all up for grabs.
The $664 up for grabs from the 50/50 draw was won by Heather Rowland, who immediately donated half back to the Elks. James, a trained and award-winning ventriloquist, comedian and special effects artist, joined the long list of entertainers that have performed in the previous seven years.
“We’ve had everything from stand-up comics, magicians, musicians, impersonators, hypnotists, and ventriloquists,” said Doreen Blumhagen, an organizer of the event. “The comedy is always clean and for everyone.”
The funds raised through the comedy night and the other fund-raisers held through the year go to the various community projects such as the Halkirk community hall, the Alliance Valley Ski-hill and Halkirk’s Circle Square Ranch, to name a few.
The Halkirk Elks will be presenting donation cheques at their next meeting, to be held at 6:45 p.m. on Mar. 5 at the Halkirk community hall, and the meeting is open to the public.