Scottish hospitality harnessed to help Chilliwack Community Services

Chilliwack Community Services’ gala ‘Salute to Spring’ this Saturday

Chilliwack Community Services is inviting people to welcome spring in Scottish style this Saturday – and help local children and their families at the same time.

The agency, which has helped make Chilliwack be a more caring place since 1928, is hosting its 20th annual Gala Fundraising Dinner at the Coast Hotel on May 5. Proceeds from this “Scottish Salute to Spring” will go towards CCS’s early years programs.

It’s a black tie affair, but kilts are more than welcome.

The evening will feature a special meal prepared by the Coast’s award-winning chef Tony Heesterman. And for dessert, guests will experience the unique pairings of chocolate and scotch whiskey under the professional guidance of whiskey connoisseur Marcus Van Albrecht.

There will be a silent auction, with the successful bids supporting the CCS’s early years programing.

Those programs focus on the families with children up to age six – the key formative years of a person’s life. They include:

• Family Place – friendly drop-in and parenting education for families with children ages 0 to 6

• Central Gateway – parenting education and adult education upgrading; preschool and child care on site

•  Family Literacy – promoting literacy skills for all family members

•  Better Beginnings – prenatal nutrition for expecting mothers

According to CCS, the programs promote the importance of sharing, growing, and belonging; the importance of a healthy beginning for babies; the importance of early child development; the importance of being able to nurture and protect; the importance of wisdom shared from one generation to the next; and most important, acceptance despite our differences.  And all are dependent on the generous spirit and goodwill of others.

Dancing will cap off the evening, with music provided by “Piper Down” – a band from Abbotsford that blends traditional folk, country, contemporary, sea shanties, instrumental and cleverly crafted humour.

Tickets are $125 each and available at Chilliwack Community Services’ Downtown Office, 45938 Wellington Avenue (604-792-4267.)

“So don your kilt,” says CCS, “call your friends, and reel your way over to the Coast Hotel to enjoy some good old Scottish hospitality this Saturday.”

Just Posted

UPDATE w/ VIDEO: Chilliwack homeless camp given eviction notice

Inside the camp that will be removed by Monday RCMP according to trespass notice

Missing Chilliwack teen found ‘safe and sound’

Boy found just as mother was organizing search

Chilliwack Rotary club reports $4,200 theft at storage shed

Rotary Train Shed adjacent to homeless camp on reserve land broken into Oct. 15

Rainfall warning issued across Lower Mainland into the weekend

50 to 70 mm of rain expected to fall starting overnight Friday and into Sunday morning

UPDATE: Chilliwack mother issues plea for info on missing son

Informal search party organized for 13-year-old boy not seen since Thursday

VIDEO: ‘Lyle the singing pig’ searching for home

SPCA say the pig is ‘not opera-ready’

Man in custody linked police search near Salmon Arm

Police have not connected arrest to search at Salmon River Road property

B.C. search groups mobilize for missing mushroom picker

Searchers from across the province look for Frances Brown who has been missing since Oct. 14.

Search for missing B.C. man a race against winter weather

David Jeff of Williams Lake was last seen in Kamloops during the chaotic wildfire evacuations

Man steals police car, goes for a ‘slow’ ride

Mission RCMP say the motive of the theft is unknown

Dodgers punch ticket to World Series

This will be the first time the Los Angles Dodgers have made it to the World Series since 1988.

Surf group winning the war on plastic bags

The Tofino Co-op will no longer provide plastic bags, following in the footsteps of the Ucluelet location that already made the change earlier this year.

All three victims identified in Fernie arena ammonia leak

Wayne Hornquist and Lloyd Smith were from Fernie and Jason Podloski from Turner Valley, Alta

VIDEO: Body discovered at scene of dumpster fire behind Langley City mall

Area behind furniture store taped off after firefighters find deceased woman while battling blaze

Most Read