Tickets are now on sale for the inaugural Mayor’s Charitable Gala, a community fundraising event to benefit the Langley Memorial Hospital Emergency Department and other charities.
Set for Saturday, Sept. 22 at Darvonda Nurseries, the event will be a farm to table fall festival complete with a gourmet dinner, special musical guests, entertainment, activities and fundraising opportunities.
The idea for the gala came from the Township of Langley Firefighters’ Charitable Society (TLFCS), and will be hosted by Township of Langley firefighters, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 4550, Mayor Jack Froese, and Township council.
“Our firefighters are huge contributors to this community. Not only do they play a vital role in keeping our people and property safe, they are personally dedicated to giving back to others,” said Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese in a press release.
“Their efforts have a huge impact and we were thrilled when they suggested partnering for this fundraising gala. We have seen this type of event work for neighbouring municipalities, and know the entire community will benefit from the funds raised through the generosity of the Society and everyone who gets involved.”
Since its formation in 2012, the TLFCS has raised and contributed an average of $20,000 each year to its charitable partners, including the BC Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund, Canadian Cancer Society, Basics for Babies and Muscular Dystrophy Canada. A healthy snack program provided by the TLFCS and the Langley School District Foundation is currently offered in 10 local schools, with the goal of reaching every school in the district.
As well, Township firefighters contribute to a voluntary payroll deduction program, which provides a reliable source of income to sustain their programs.
“The Gala is important to the TLFCS because it will raise our profile within the community and create a successful, annual fundraising event that our community will look forward to,” said Jhim Burwell, a member of the TLFCS.
“That the Mayor’s Office has gotten on board so enthusiastically to help our Charitable Society is an incredibly humbling show of support for a group that has worked tirelessly to do good within the community.”
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