Sweet Max will be playing at Mazatlan restaurant in Aldergrove Sunday afternoon, Sept. 10, during a fundraiser to support a program that feeds schoolchildren on weekends. The local rock band will hit the stage at 4 p.m. Facebook photo

Raffle, Mexican food, music will help fill hungry young bellies

Aldergrove event benefits Starfish program, which helps feed kids who might go hungry on the weekend

Classic rock and authentic Mexican fare come together Sunday in Aldergrove to provide an extra lift for a program that helps fill hungry young bellies.

The local band Sweet Max will be playing during a fundraiser Sept. 10 at Mazatlan restaurant at 3347 262 St.

The charity event begins at 4 p.m. and features not only music, but a set dinner (five choices) for $15 each or three tacos for $10. All meals come with rice and beans.

Also part of the fundraiser is facepainting for kids, sidewalk chalk, and a raffle draw that includes prizes such as a Cranky’s Scooter, artisan glass beads, JOI candle-powered lamp, art by local artists, a veterinarian spay/neuter coupon, a Save-On-Foods gift basket, and more.

Proceeds from the sale of raffle prize tickets will be donated to the Aldergrove area Starfish backpack program, which provides weekend food for local school children.

“This program is very important as it benefits families that are in need of the basics,” said Sweet Max band member Dave Dorozio. “Through the Rotary Club, backpacks filled with food are sent home with elementary school children, to a registered family, to help provide food essentials over the weekend.”

About Starfish

The Starfish program, which is supported and co-ordinated by the Abbotsford Rotary Club, began in the 2012/13 school year to help feed kids who might be going hungry on the weekends. Many of these students were part of their school’s breakfast and/or lunch programs during the week. Every Friday, participating students receive a backpack filled with two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners to last them for the weekend.

The empty packs are then returned and refilled for the following week, thanks to volunteers who shop for the items, fill the backpacks and deliver them to the schools.