b'SICAS 50TH ANNIVERSARY GALABLACKAND GOLDBY KELLY PARKERAT SICAS 50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA impressive glass awards made to present to the long-term members.n May of this year, SICABecause of that, SICA wanted to do itSo much work goes into planning and I celebrated 50 years as anup big, planning a red carpet event forsuccessfully staging an event like this, association with a formal galathe 150 in attendance. We wanted theand time was short, with only months at the Laurel Packinghousegold and black gala look. We wanted itto goand SICAs major annual in Kelowna. For SICA, however, it wasto almost look like the Grammys, saysconference to plan for early in the New really a celebration of its members SICA Meeting and Events CoordinatorYearwhen Wilshaw came aboard all of themwith special recognitionCandace Wilshaw, because we wantedlate last summer. We started planning for some, including a few foundingthe 40- to 50-year members that haveright off the hop, because we knew that members in attendance that night. been with SICA right from the start of2019 would be SICAs 50th year. We the association to be recognized withhad to find a venue, and we wanted Ive been with SICA just over a yearan affair like that, including klieg lightsone that had a bit of history, which is and a half, says SICA CEO Jasonoutside the venue, and the red carpet forwhy we had the event at the old Laurel Henderson. And I was excited to sharewhen they walked in, along with a glassPackinghouse, which has its own little that kind of event with the group. Fiftyof champagne when they arrived. museum, so it has its own history. We years is quite a long time, and it wasknew we didnt want to hold an event like this at your typical hotel venue, really good to see how many long-termBlack tie yes, but SICA also wantedso this gave the event that little bit of members were able to attend; even someto make sure that the event was blackhistorical flavour, with the stone walls, of the inaugural members were there,tie prestigious, without being black tieand the historic machines that are so it was really nice to see them comestuffy. We just wanted the eveningencased in the enclosures.out and to recognize them, and someto be fun. We had a magician, says of our other members. We dont get theWilshaw, we had a live band comeWhile the venue provided the historic opportunity to do that kind of thingout from Calgary, our emcee was DJatmosphere in spades, what it lacked very often. Haymaker, and we also had reallywas proper facilities for serving the38 SOUTHERN INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION'