Artisan fundraiser helps Sto:lo elders with cultural trip

The Qw'oqw'elitha (Coqualeetza) Elders Society is hosting a craft sale and live auction fundraiser on April 11.

The Qw’oqw’elitha (Coqualeetza) Elders Society is hosting a fundraiser to help offset the costs of their annual Cultural Experience Trip this fall.

Their craft sale and live auction fundraiser, taking place on Saturday, April 11, will also include entertainment, dinner, and raffle prizes.

The event begins with a potluck dinner by donation, made and provided by the elders, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Throughout the evening, artisans will be selling their wares and part proceeds from the sales will go towards the elders group.

A live auction will take place at 7 p.m. featuring aboriginal artwork and crafts that have been donated to the society by local artisans.

There will also be raffle tickets for sale with prizes of a 100′ salmon net (first prize), Samsung tablet (second), and MicroBoom Bluetooth speaker (third).

And for your entertainment needs, there will be live music and a comedy show starting around 8 p.m.

Qw’oqw’elitha Elders Society has been a society for a year and a half, though the group made up of Sto:lo elders has been meeting every Wednesday since the mid ’70s. The group raises their own funds to support their needs.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the Qw’oqw’elitha Elders Society’s Cultural Experience Trip taking place this October.

Last year’s trip took them to Victoria for four days where they visited Tsawout elders and organizers of the annual B.C. Elders Gathering, and met Cowichan elders in Duncan for a luncheon. During each of their trips, they meet with elders from other communities to share and learn their different cultures.

The Qw’oqw’elitha Elders Society’s craft sale and live auction fundraiser takes place on Saturday, April 11 at Sardis Community Church (45625 South Sumas Rd.) from 6 to 9 p.m.