The second annual Southeast Saskatchewan Women of Distinction Awards is looking for some help from the city as they're holding their second annual awards.

The event is set to take place on May 2, with a nomination announcement scheduled for April 2.

Tanya Andrist and Becky Cassidy were both at the meeting to talk to the councillors and ask them for support for the event.

"It's really quite important that we have community buy in for this event," said Event Chair Becky Cassidy, "We have lots of wonderful sponsors, it is a nonprofit, we are all volunteers, and all money raised is going to be going to a scholarship program. So last year we raised minimal funds, just trying to get our feet wet, get the event up and running."

Last year the scholarship took the form of a $500 donation to the Girl Guides, with a planned $2000 donation this year to the winner of their young visionary award.

Cassidy and Andrist asked the council for help setting up the event, which will be held at the Wylie Mitchell Hall this year.

"For this event, we are asking for 40 round tables, pipe, and drape to cover the walls of the Wylie Mitchell Hall and a stage section of 12 feet long. Setup would be on May 1st at 1:00 PM with cleanup being at 2:00 PM on May 2nd."

A quote for using the city's tables comes in at $500, though that does not include the cost of delivery to another building, which bumps the price up to $2,000.

In return for the donation, the city would receive the emerald package for sponsors, normally costing $2,000 which would include a named mention by the MC and a banner at the event.

Councillor Shelley Veroba voiced a concern about delivery being a problem due to the soft ground caused by the recent melt, telling Cassidy and Andrist that they may need to use the Wylie Mitchell hall's tables if delivery is impossible.

She also noted that the possibility of damage is one of the reasons for the city's higher price of delivering tables, with Councillor Lindsay Clark echoing that sentiment.

Andrist chimed in, saying that because the event would be during the day and non-alcoholic there wouldn't be a large risk of damage during the event.

"It would all be set up and torn down, you know, during the day and it's a pretty brief period when the individuals will be there. So I would say there's less risk in the event itself. The transport could be, you know, more of a challenge, but the event itself has little danger of damage during the event." 

Councillor Veroba made a motion to accept the request for tables and decoration in return for a fundraising title, with a note that they are looking to offset some employee costs through volunteers from the event.

That motion passed with no objections from the council.

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Before departing the meeting, Andrist let everyone know that nominations are now open for the event, with people asked to contact them on their website.