Five-year-old Laila takes aim at a target with Dana Begg of the Langley Township fire department assisting, during Family Day activities held at the Langley Events Centre on Monday, Feb. 8.

Family Day celebration at LEC raised nearly $18,000 for Langley charities

Second annual event hosted by C&D Logistics owner drew more than 5,000 people

More than 5,000 people came out to celebrate Family Day at the second Fraser Valley Family Day held Feb. 8 at Langley Events Centre, raising $17,954.

Organized by Langley-based business owner Dana Matheson, CEO of C&D Logistics, this year’s event grew in a few ways, including the attractions it offered, the number of donations it took in and how many sponsors came on board, including the Langley Rivermen.

“The Rivermen were a huge part of the day as they donated their entire gate to charity,” said Matheson.

Visitors to the event were encouraged to watch the Rivermen play a league game.

“They also had a family skate with the Rivermen after the game. It’s a partnership we will continue to grow in the future.”

Matheson will present a cheque at an upcoming Rivermen playoff game.

“We had countless volunteers donate their time on a holiday to ensure that the event went off well,” he said.  “I’d like to thank each and every one of them. They are all a large part of this event, and the future of it.”

Last year, the day raised $11,000.

Matheson thanked the Langley Event Centre for partnering with them on this venture, the staff at C&D Logistics, the Township fire department, the Langley RCMP, Kimz Angels, Life Ready Foundation, JRFM, and the Langley Rivermen.

The local charities which will benefit are Township Firefighters Charitable Foundation, Basics For Babies and Life Ready.

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