Black, White, and Blood Gala: A Sirius Fundraiser
The Black, White and Blood Gala is a fun-raising event put on by the women’s group L’EMBA to raise post-secondary scholarship money for Carya’s Sirius program. All proceeds from the event go towards funding scholarships for at-risk grade 10 and 11 girls.
The event includes a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, cash bar (beer and wine), a silent auction and then…. the showing of a classic film, Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO – in a classic theatre, the Globe Cinema.
Sirius is a school-based program that supports vulnerable grade 10 and 11 girls. The program provides participants with tools to increase their confidence and develop life skills and gives them opportunities to practice these skills through community projects in their areas of interest. The ultimate goal is for the girls to complete high school and launch successfully into adulthood.
L’EMBA began as a group of 12 women who met in the 2014 Executive MBA program at the Haskayne School of Business. While they originally grouped together to study and support each other, they felt their learning and influence could continue well past school. Once school was finished, L’EMBA met monthly, inviting a variety of business owners and social influencers to expand their learning. Carya was one of the first to join these meetings and it was decided then that a donation to Carya’s Sirius program would be the future “cost of entry”. A few of the L’EMBA members joined Sirius as mentors to young girls. Based on their additional involvement and the impact the program had on each of them, in the second year the group decided to take it a step further and plan this fundraising event.