Drayton Valley Special Events Facility


The Drayton Valley Max Center is a special events facility that provides ONE-STOP planning for a variety of special events.

We provide in-house, fully catered, Weddings & Receptions, Company Christmas Events, Private Celebrations, Dinner Theatres, Community Fundraisers & Corporate Functions.

Our Special Events Facility features:

  • Industry-leading kitchen facility
  • Buffet-style menus, prepared to your specifications – In-house catering provided by Another Bite Catering or Cobblestone Café Catering
  • 1,200 ² foot dance floor/stage
  • State-of-the-art audio, visual and video system
  • Wireless microphones
  • Computer-driven projection system able to display anything from DVD movies to Computer presentations
  • Full-stage with theatre-style curtains
  • Portable raised stage
  • In-house DJ services
  • In-house light and sound production support
  • 3 levels of tiered seating on the main floor along with a mezzanine level featuring round tables for dinner and cabaret seating
  • Ample paved parking with Handicap access

Our Drayton Valley Special Events Venue can accommodate large groups up to 204 people for a fully catered dinner setting on the main level with an additional seats located up in the Mezzanine level.

*Without tables The Max Center can accommodate up to 400 people.


The Max Center Vision, Mission & Values


Our vision is to become Drayton Valley’s leading Special Events Venue for the community, performing arts and entertainment that serves both residents and visitors of Drayton Valley and the surrounding areas as well as the student body and administration of Frank Maddock High School.


To be a leading performing arts and entertainment venue that supports the community of Drayton Valley and the student body of FMHS (Frank Maddock High School) through:

  • Leadership in community-based activities.
  • Excellence in delivery of innovative technology and services.
  • Collaboration and cooperation with community partners.


* Respect * Integrity * Innovation * Passion * Risk Taking
* Fun * Empowerment * Diversity * Quality * Commitment
* Dedication * Believe

The Max Center History

Founded in 1997, The Max Center for Performing Arts Society (The Max Center) is a not-for-profit, charitable corporation in the community of Drayton Valley, Alberta.

Started by a dedicated group of community leaders, The Max Center was built to support both the student body of Frank Maddock High School and the community of Drayton Valley. Back in 1997, The Max Center was formed to:

  • Manage the Max Center for the benefit of Frank Maddock High School and the larger community
  • Enhance student services
  • Make an on-going financial contribution to student services
  • Contribute funds to the Board in recognition of its support in constructing the The Max Center.

As a non-profit society, The Max Center is operated by a Board of Directors comprised of community leaders with a common vision to provide residents and visitors of Drayton Valley, as well as the student body of Frank Maddock High School with a world-class Special Events facility for both enjoyment and education. 

Frank Maddock High School - Special Events
Frank Maddock High School

The Max Center Special Events Facility is operated with a dual purpose:

  • To be Drayton Valley’s leading special events venue for Community, Performing Arts & Entertainment
  • To serve as a gathering place for the students & administration of Frank Maddock High School.

The Max Center Special Event Rental Policies

  1. A MAX EMPLOYEE IS REQUIRED TO BE IN ATTENDANCE at the MAX during all non-school functions.
  2. NO OUTSIDE CATERING SERVICES, FOOD OR ALCOHOL ARE PERMITTED. Our buffet menu list is available, and the rates will be confirmed after we check current market prices where appropriate. Other menu selections are possible. Give us your theme and budget and we’ll create something unique if you’d like! Minimum buffet banquet number is 100 in most cases. A surcharge will apply for numbers below.
    • Confirm your held date by paying the reservation deposit. Other details may be dealt with at a later date, at least 2 months prior to the event is recommended where possible.
    • Cancellation Policy: Reservation deposit will be forfeited unless a minimum 45 days notice is
      received. This becomes the damage deposit at the time of the event.
    • Pay approx. 50% of the estimated final bill 14 working days prior to the event, along with confirmation of final dinner numbers, unless otherwise arranged. Adhere to all policies appropriate to the function and the law, and assist in ensuring that their guests do the same.
    • Assume full responsibility for any damage that may occur during the use of the MAX and adjacent areas of the school and property
    • Leave the facility in a reasonably clean and organized condition and in a timely manner, or an additional charge will apply ($75 / hour overtime)
  4. THE MAX IS A NON-SMOKING FACILITY. Smoking is only permitted outside the main MAX entry doors to the north (not outside kitchen doors)
  5. Up to 2 hours access to the MAX is available for decorating/set up when required providing the school is already “open” with staff in place. If staff has to be brought in (e.g. summer / holidays) a $20 hourly charge will apply, or for longer times.
    • The Manager & Supervisor are not event planners, although we will endeavor to assist you in your preparations for a successful event.
    • Refrain from using tape or tacks on the walls, or confetti of any type

NOTE: The Max provides a one stop opportunity for you to book the requirements of you Private Event,
such as facility, chef/cook, bar, decorating and DJ to simplify your planning.

The Max Center Board Members & Staff

The Max Center is non-profit society lead by an amazing team of community-minded individuals who want to provide a world-class special events facility for the community and visitors of Drayton Valley as well as the student body and administration of Frank Maddock High School.

The Max Center Staff

  • Della Curry, Cafeteria Manager

In House Caterers

  • Another Bite Catering
    • Yvonne Jean
  • Cobblestone Café Catering
    • Curtis and Jessica Patterson

The Max Center Society Board of Directors

  • Wayne Tourneur, President
  • Ray Mann, Vice President
  • Debra Herold, Treasurer
  • Marjorie Fuhrer, Secretary
  • Marjorie Horn, Director
  • Bea Cherrington, Director
  • Adeline Schmidt, Director
  • Brenda Reich, Director
  • Yvonne Jean, Director
  • Dean Halverson, Director
  • Lara Jollymore, Director

Financial Contributors & Supporters

The Max Board of Directors, Management and Staff wish to acknowledge the many financial contributors and supporters of our special events Center. Without your dedication and support, we wouldn’t exist. Thank you!


  • Hamdon Hamdon & Family
  • Taher & Parviz Lookmanjee
  • Al & Sandy Day
  • Steve & Kathy Hall
  • Wally & Maren Heinrichs
  • Mark & Lisa Smith
  • Tom & Alvina Sperling
  • Nelson & Annalee Stonehocker
  • Wayne & Mary Tourneur
  • Rick & Vera Watrich

Platinum Club ($25,000)

  • Judy Sweet
  • Government of Alberta (Tom Thurber)
  • Wild Rose School Division (Lance Houle)
  • Bob Boscher
  • Sportaken Holdings
  • Teens In Action (Spencer Schneider)
  • Town Of Drayton Valley (Moe Hamdon)
  • M.D. Of Brazeau #77 (Maureen Schwab)

Platinum Club ($10,000 - $8,000)

  • Weyerhaeuser Canada
  • Kos Trucking (Danny Kos)
  • Ronald Kos Enterprises (Ron Kos)
  • Judy Sweet

Platinum Club ($5,000 - $2,000)

  • Lions Club
  • Bailey’s Welding
  • Pembina Oilmen’s Club
  • Imperial Oil Resources
  • Grand Tire

Gold Club ($1,000-$800)

  • Venture Realty (Rod Schultz)
  • FMHS Rodeo Club
  • Home Hardware (Alex Blais)
  • DV Presents (Mary Poloway)
  • Feddema & Company (Rob Feddema)
  • Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
  • Sobey’s
  • Fluid’s Bar & Grill

Silver Club ($500)

  • Al’s Glass (Terry Huyghe)
  • Brandette Well Servicing (Bryan Winder)
  • Helm Consulting (Jock Hutchinson)
  • Ironhorse Pumpjack Services (Dave Dean)
  • Stetson Motors (Glen Swendseid)
  • Sunshine Ford Mercury (Doug Sprague)
  • Ken & Donna Cameron
  • Krawford Construction Incorporated
  • Pembina Pipeline
    Valley Concrete (Avalee McGinn)
  • Prentice Chow (Marty Prentice)
  • J.K. Smith Surveying (Keith Smith)
  • Color Your World (Dean Chapman)
  • 1997-1999 FMHS Graduating Class
  • Getzinger’s Autobody
  • Mar-Lin Holdings Ltd.

Blue Club ($350-$200)

  • Alpine Environmental (Ed Lambert)
  • Anker Family (Hal Anker)
  • Beaver Lumber (Guy Kodila)
  • Big West Country
  • Lorne Pinkoski
  • Pile Base Contractors (Larry Pankewicz)
  • Oil Wives Club (Mary Poloway)
  • Kahl’s Steak House
  • Camrose Flight Center
  • Baytex
  • Secure Energy Services
  • Dudley’s Outdoor Escape
  • Servus Credit Union
  • T-Bones
  • Nature’s Garden

Special Acknowledgements

  • Lamb’s Trucking
  • Bob Boscher & family
  • Doug Peterson
  • Sportaken Holdings
  • Judy Sweet
  • Mary Poloway
  • Abe Rempel
  • Rob Feddema & Company
  • Morley Workun
  • Phillip Cameron
  • Yellowhead Credit Union
  • FMHS Staff & Students
  • Town and Residents of Drayton Valley
  • LR Light & Sound
  • Axe Music
  • Max Board Founding Members

Other Sponsors

The Max Center  underwent a facility Revitalization. Our sponsors made it possible for us to apply for a matching Community Initiatives Grant that allowed us to upgrade our interior. Thank you to the following sponsors: