Feature Story                                                     Friday, February 12, 2016


Bopping for Bucks

Monthly dance parties in support of CCS Starfish Backpack Program begin February 19

Tanya Crowell/Photos submitted


Psychedelic patterns will be keeping the dance floor hopping Feb 19 in Chilliwack. Below, DJ Tompke (L) will be handling the tunes at Vineyard.


hilliwack’s premiere DJ entertainment company Mint Entertainment, with Sticky’s Candy Downtown, presents 'Super Sweet Sounds.'


This brand new event will feature a unique community dance party for youth 9-14, kicking off February 19, with partial proceeds going to support Chilliwack Community Services’ Starfish Backpack Program.


Super Sweet Sounds will be held every third Friday until May 20 at the Vineyard Community Centre on Wellington Avenue. The downtown venue will be transformed into a dance club with lights, lasers, and the best tunes in the Fraser Valley, all while helping feed hungry kids.


An estimated 600 children go to school hungry on Monday mornings in Chilliwack. Many are provided with breakfast, recess snacks and lunch at school. But that requirement for nutritious food doesn't end when the weekend arrives. So, two years ago the Abbotsford Rotary Club created the Starfish Backpack Program. The goal was to address the need within their school district. Since then, the program has grown to five cities, 33 schools, and 441 kids being fed throughout the school year.


This year the program will be implemented for the first time in Chilliwack! The program is simple.  Backpacks are sent home each Friday, full of food for children and their families for the weekend during the school year. The cost of filling each backpack is $525 per school year with 100% of the donations received going directly to the purchase of food for the backpacks. All partners donate time and services for this worthy cause.


To date in Chilliwack, funds have been raised to take care of 80 children for the 2015/16 Year. The objective is to expand the program each year until the ultimate goal of 600 sponsored children in Chilliwack is reached.




The four fundraising dances are presented jointly by local businesses Sticky’s Candy Downtown, and Mint Entertainment. Longtime Chilliwack residents and entrepreneurs Cameron and Sara Douglas, the owners of Mint Entertainment, and co-owners of Sticky’s Candy Downtown.


“As soon as we heard about the Starfish Backpack Program from our community neighbours at CCS, we really wanted to find a way to help sponsor more kids. Plus, we have our own son this age now, and we appreciate when we have a safe and trusted activity for him on a Friday evening.”


'Super Sweet Sounds' is a youth dance party for kids 9-14, and 25% of all ticket sales from February to May will go to Chilliwack’s Starfish Backpack Program. Held at the Vineyard Community Centre at 45982 Wellington Avenue, this is a safe, fully-supervised event, featuring a live professional DJ, light and laser show, plus a concession. The dances will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the 3rd Friday of every month starting Friday, February 19, 2016 until May 20, 2016. 


Tickets are $5, available at the door, with bag check-in on entry with no in-and-out privileges.