7th Annual Crystal Gala by dfsdf224s

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									7th Annual Crystal Gala
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Ramada Plaza & Conference Centre


$150.00 per person
Only 356 Tickets Available
For more information call 604.850.5873




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                             Abbotsford Printing Inc.   Fall 2005
Founding Angel Sponsor
Abbotsford Printing Inc. is Proud to be an Angel Sponsor for The Crystal Gala



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                                            even years ago several ladies       The 7th gala promises to once
                                            from Abbotsford decided to      again be a tremendous success!
                                            throw the best fundraising      November the 19th will see The
                                  party Abbotsford has ever seen!!          Ramada Plaza’s ballroom become
                                  Hoping to top the $500,000 total in       a feast for the eyes, sparkling with
                                   2005 this group just keeps on ticking    crystals and illuminated with white
                                   and ticking. They are best described     essences that will dazzle the guests as
                                    as “a group of women who meet           they wine & dine! Bernie & Red
                                     around a kitchen table BUT get         will be the evenings MC’s with
                                     boardroom results.                     entertainment by the amazing
                                          This diverse group of ladies      group-The TimeBenders who
                                      have achieved what many               promise to have the 350+
                              would have thought impossible, but            guests dancing into the
                              together with numerous businesses and         hours of the morning but not
                              Abbotsford Printing Inc. an evening           before our gala auctioneer
                               truly to be remembered has been              Jim Marsh will having the
                               established.                                 bidding become fast and
                                    “This event is a remarkable accom-      furious for the fabulous live
                                plishment and one that could not be         auction items that have been
                                 achieved without the generous sup-         graciously donated for this
                                 port and commitment of all the busi-       years gala.
                                 nesses and individuals that sponsor           Brand New for 2005!
         and donate to this event” says Dorothy Dyck 2002-2004              The committee will be selling
         chair. Also a very special thank-you to all the committee          raffle tickets prior to the event.
         members and volunteers who have put in countless hours             One of the major prizes has
          to contribute to our events unequalled success.                   been donated by Brian Lee from
                                        True Passion for a “future          Lee’s Fine Jewellery. Brian has
                                    without breast cancer” has driven       graciously donated a custom designed piece of
                                    these ladies to the success that,       jewellery valued at $5000.00+ Wouldn’t you
                                    anyone involved with this event         LOVE TO WIN THIS! For more information
                                    has heard it referred to as, ‘The       please email crystalgala@shaw.ca or phone
                                    Premiere Event of Abbotsford.’          604-850-5873 or contact anyone of the
                                        In 2004 The Crystal Gala            committee members and they will be thrilled
                                    committee was awarded the very          to sell you as many tickets as you
                                    prestigious “Awareness Award”           would like!!
                                    in Vancouver for their ongoing              If you are interested in becoming
                                    dedication in their fundraising         part of this incredible journey to create
                                    efforts for this worthwhile cause!      a “future without breast cancer” a
                          Abbotsford Printing Inc. is proud to be           crystal gala committee member would
                      a founding sponsor for the Crystal Gala and           love to discuss how you can become part
                      salutes ALL the businesses that are contributing      of this event.
                     to this event and in doing so are directly                 Become a sponsor, donate an auction
                     responsible for making a HUGE difference in            item, purchase tickets but whatever you do
                    our community.                                          DON’T DELAY.
                                                                                 Call 604-850-5873 or
                                                                             email crystalgala@shaw.ca.
                          We’re having a year long
           BIRTHDAY BASH
                                 and you can WIN!
    september giveaway                                   october giveaway                     november giveaway
      During the full month of September              During the full month of October with    During the full month of November
         with every order over $100.00                 every order over $100.00 (excluding        with every order over $100.00
       (excluding tax) you are entered to                    tax) you are entered to            (excluding tax) you are entered to


       WIN 1 OF 5
          $100.00 Gift Certificates at
                                                         WIN 1 OF 5 WIN 1 OF 10
                                                            $100.00 Gift Certificates at           $50.00 Gift Certificates at
           Lee’s Fine Jewellery Ltd.                           Champagne & Lace                        Restaurant 62




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     december giveaway WIN 1 OF 4 Gift Baskets for                                                                     ($125.00 ea)


  We are still celebrating our year long Birthday Bash and you can still be a winner! We have
  over 60 winners already & we are still celebrating. All eligible orders over $100.00 (excluding
  tax) are automatically entered into our monthly draws as well as a chance to WIN BIG at the
  end of January 2006.


                                                    GRAND PRIZE
            $2000.00 Travel Gift Certificateredeemable at Ambassador Travel
                                                                 (some restrictions apply)
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 every business person has specific goals they are
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 Invest time learning the key objectives of each of
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 frequent occurrences will drive your customers to           Two words of caution: i) Be careful that your       play the game. If you’re a retailer, you can invite
 your competition.                                       “surprise” is not misinterpreted as a bribe to do       your best customer to an invitation-only special
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