The Estevan Elks Club became a ball room Saturday afternoon, as Pirates and Princesses of all ages descended on the place for the 3rd annual Princess and Pirate Ball, raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis.

This year was the first time the Kinsmen and Kinnettes made it an event for the whole family. Previously, the ball was specifically catered to children. To those planning and overseeing the event, the outcome was delightful, as over $5,500 was garnered to be donated towards the cause.

"We're very passionate about Cystic Fibrosis, and not just raising funds for it, but awareness. If we can do a little bit in our corner of southeast Saskatchewan, then I figure, let's do it," expressed Kasey McIntyre, the leader of the organizing committee.

The event was confirmed as a sellout, and she was thrilled with the community's support.

"I was very, very happy, and it is a actually a pleasure to see so many come out."

They brought Stephan Vancha, who himself suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, in as their inspirational guest speaker.

"The message I like to deliver is to not let anything get you down, even if you have a set back in life. Just keep getting through it. No matter what you do, you can always find a way to get past your struggles," he explained.

He shared some stories from his past, as well as the quote he lives his life by.

"Life is 10 percent of what it is, and 90 percent of it is how you react to it."

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