People take part in the 2019 CATT Fund volleyball tournament benefitting Chilliwack Community Services and Chilliwack Children’s Foundation. (Submitted)

People take part in the 2019 CATT Fund volleyball tournament benefitting Chilliwack Community Services and Chilliwack Children’s Foundation. (Submitted)

Rotary CATT Fund volleyball fundraiser brings in toys and cash for two Chilliwack charities

Event brought in 435 toys and $33,000 for Chilliwack Community Services and Chilliwack Children’s Foundation

The Chilliwack-Mt. Cheam Rotary Club served up some fun and friendly volleyball competition all while collecting toys and cash donations for two Chilliwack charities.

The club’s annual CATT (Chilliwack Athletes for Turkeys and Toys) Fund volleyball tournament, which took place Nov. 22 and 23, brought in 435 toys and $33,000 for Chilliwack Community Services (CCS) and the Chilliwack Children’s Foundation. The toys and $20,000 will go to CCS for its Christmas Sharing program while the rest of the money will go to the Children’s Foundation.

There were more than 32 teams that participated from local companies and organizations. Money was raised though team enrollment and donations by 70-plus local sponsors.

“While it once was a tournament, it has now become a fun two-day event of local teams playing against each other just for fun and bragging rights,” said Rotarian Robert Lacerte.

Since 1986, the CATT Fund volleyball event brought in 13,000-plus toys and more than $385,000 in donations for Chilliwack families at Christmas.

CCS delivers social and community needs in Chilliwack and surrounding areas, providing extensive social and human services to a broad section of residents. CCS has more than 43 programs that assist children, youth, families and seniors, delivered by more than 100 staff and 200 volunteers.

The Chilliwack Children’s Foundation was started by the Chilliwack-Mt. Cheam Rotary Club in the early 1990s as a means of focusing the club’s fundraising efforts to assist young people in need in Chilliwack with medical expenses, educational tutoring, dental, eye glasses, leadership camps, sports funding and counselling services.

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Since 1986, the CATT Fund volleyball event brought in 13,000-plus toys and more than $385,000 in donations for Chilliwack families at Christmas. (Submitted)

Since 1986, the CATT Fund volleyball event brought in 13,000-plus toys and more than $385,000 in donations for Chilliwack families at Christmas. (Submitted)