1. What are the timings for the event?
The invite only VIP Reception starts at 1800 hrs to 1845 hrs in the 32 Service Battalion Hospitality Suite. For everyone else, the timings are 1800 for 1900 hrs. The event will start at 1900 hrs sharp and guests are expected to be seated by then. The formal part of the event is expected to conclude at around 2230 hrs and after that there will be an open dance floor and the hospitality suites will open for hours of added fun!
2. What is the menu for the event?
Soup: Roasted cauliflower and celery root puree, white truffle oil
Salad: Spiced poached anjou pear, rainbow of beets, baby greens, pumpkin seed brittle, blue cheese, cranberry vinaigrette
Main: Beef Tenderloin with herb roast baby potatoes and vegetable medley
Dessert: Grand cru chocolate crème brulee tart, white chocolate sorbet
Vegetarian: Ratatouille cobbler, cured roma tomato, molten gorgonzola, basil roasted pepper coulis
There is a halal option which is a chicken dish for the main entree. Please note that any special meal requirements will have to be communicated through your unit rep before the event. Special meal requests not known prior may not be able to be accommodated at the event itself so please ensure you have communicated this prior to the event.
3. I want to buy a ticket to the Garrison Ball. Where do I buy it from?
Tickets to the event are only available through your unit representative. Please see them for one of the tickets they have been allocated and purchase directly through them.
4. I am not in Toronto and therefore do not have a unit rep, but I want to attend. How can I buy a ticket?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and request a ticket through the organizing committee directly.
5. I am not a serving or retired member of the military, will I still be able to attend?
Please email us at email@example.com directly. This will be dealt with on a case by case basis.
6. What can I expect at the event? Will there be any fundraising?
As an organizing committee we have decided to take the event back to its original roots. Making it a large scale mess dinner where the focus goes back to the officers of the garrison, their partners and guests and making the event a memorable and fun evening. We have therefore decided that the event will focus on fun and there will be no fundraising for any charities. Although charities have done significant and important work, it was vital for us to bring the event back to its original intent and purpose. One of the major decisions we made was to heavily subsidize the cost of each ticket so as to encourage you to bring a guest and also make it affordable for everyone. Hence the reason the ticket price is only $125.00 per person, regardless of rank. We therefore encourage you to pair up and bring a guest with you!
7. What is the theme of the event?
The theme of the event is “In Service to a Nation for 15o Years”. As you may know, next year is Canada’s 150th Birthday and as such we will be celebrating the Canadian Armed Forces contribution to Canada’s history over our 150 years of confederation. Next year will also be the 200th Anniversary of the Garrison Ball as well.
8. What is the dress for the event?
For military members the dress is Mess Kit with Miniatures or Equivalent. For civilian members, the dress is formal gala attire such as black tie for gentlemen and evening gown for ladies.
9. I have a company and am interested in sponsorship and/or buying a corporate table, who should I contact?
We have several options for sponsorship and buying of corporate tables. If you are interested, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will connect you with one of the members of our committee who will get in touch with you.
10. I am a unit rep and have some questions. Who should I contact?
Please contact the Unit Rep OPI for the Garrison Ball, Major Ken Perry, the DCO of 32 Service Battalion at email@example.com.
11. I am not a Unit Rep but have some questions, who can I contact?
Please contact the organizing committee directly at firstname.lastname@example.org