I Got to Wear My Grad Dress Again – 15 Years Later!

It had been sitting, unworn, in my closet for 15 years, but I finally had the chance to wear it again.

On Oct. 18, I squeeeeeezed into my grad dress circa 1999 and headed to Cascades Casino and Convention Centre for the Silver Screen Fall Gala — an event benefiting the Langley Hospice Society and the Langley Lodge.




Thanks to Paige over at Vivid Hair Boutique & Blow Dry Bar and the talented team over at the Beauty BOUTIQUE at Willoughby Town Centre’s Shoppers Drug Mart, I was feeling red carpet- ready. My Fraser Valley 5 cohost Michael Thorne was also looking pretty fancy in a bow tie, which he did not steal from his son. Note: You’ll have to watch the FV5 video at the bottom of this post to get the joke 😉




Back in the spring, I was invited by Shannon Todd Booth from the Langley Hospice Society to  join the planning committee for this event. As a blogger, I get to attend a lot of fun fetes — it turns out planning parties can also be a blast, especially when you get the privilege of working alongside a great team of dedicated volunteers.

The committee decided on an ‘Old Hollywood’ theme and hired renowned celebrity impersonator Tracey Bell to entertain and dazzle the good looking crowd.

This little lady is incredible! In a matter of seconds, she transformed into show business legends Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minelli, Cher, Janis Joplin and my personal favourite — Madonna.


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I’m so glad I caught this this pic of Troy Faye, Madonna and my Fraser Valley 5 cohost Michael Thorne striking a pose. Sorry boys, I just had to share 😉


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Tracey Bell, aka Janis Joplin, nailed the raspy voice.

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I think Terry Metcalfe has a secret talent he has been hiding. Perhaps he moonlights as a rockstar?

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Yes, I got dragged on stage too!

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Michael and I with the lovely Carmen Ruizy Laza from Carmen TV. The television host is just as lovely in person and a ton of fun.

Through ticket sales and both the live and silent auction, the fundraising event raised around $38,000 that was split evenly between both charities.

While I could write about all the amazing things the Langley Hospice Society and Langley Lodge does for our community, I figured it would be easier to show you — Fraser Valley 5-style. Both of these videos made their debut on the big screen at the gala.

The Langley Hospice Society


The Langley Lodge


And there you have it — an unforgettable evening on the red carpet that was a real blast to the past in more ways than one. Who knows, maybe my grad dress will come in handy when Zoe graduates from high school in another 15 years.

One of Vancouver’s top Mom Bloggers, Kristyl Clark is a work-at-home mom of two little Valley girls proving there is nothing bland about the burbs. Her adventurous family seems to always be out on some sort of crazy quest, from helicopter rides and wild river rafting, to top-secret paranormal investigations and living the high-life sampling the fine wines and foods of the Fraser Valley region. The ValleyMom.ca blog inspires her loyal fanbase through the trials and tribulations of suburban family living, guiding readers to local hotspots and hidden gems in her Canadian backyard

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