Helping after the disaster

The Best Western Rainbow Country Inn is pulling out all the stops April 21 for Japanese earthquake victims with their heartfelt fundraiser, Here, After, for the Disaster.

The Best Western Rainbow Country Inn is pulling out all the stops April 21 for Japanese earthquake victims with their heartfelt fundraiser, Here, After, for the Disaster.

Images from the area featuring unimaginable chaos and devastation have hit hard locally, and many people were looking for a concrete way to help, said Kathy Morelli, catering manager for BWRCI.

“Despite the serious cause at the heart of this event, it will be a fun evening,” she promises. “We’ve partnered with the whole community to make this happen, and everyone was eager to help.”

Staff are donating part of their wages, and sponsors and donors have stepped up to the plate to assist.

A four-course Asian cuisine dinner will be enjoyed, along with live entertainment, silent auction bidding and dancing.

“We’re offering a special treat of sake for the occasion,” she said.

The night will be emceed by musician extraordinaire Trevor McDonalds and Friends, including some of the valley’s best entertainers.

A dance floor will be set aside for anyone inclined to break a move. Tickets are $50 a person. Call to reserve 604-795-3828

The fundraiser is set for April 21 in the Best Western Ballroom in Chilliwack. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Anyone wanting to check the hockey scores can slip into the lounge to do so.

Anyone wishing to donate something can e-mail sales@rainbowcountryinn.com or catering@rainbowcountryinn.com, or send a message on twitter to have someone pick up a donation @BWRCI.

All proceeds from Here, After, For the Disaster are going to the Canadian Red Cross.

“We’d really like to fill the room,” Morelli said. “So we hope Chilliwack responds.”