Thursday, February 25, 2016
One for the Kids
Rotary brings ‘Vegas’ to town in support of local pediatrics unit
Desmond Devnich, Rotary Club/Submitted photos
ith all the glitz of a show from the Vegas strip, including a showgirl, an Elvis impersonator, and blackjack tables, the Rotary Club of Chilliwack Fraser hosted its annual Swing Into Spring fundraiser, Saturday February 20, and like the event poster alluded, “It’s Vegas, Baby!”
The Chilliwack Fraser Rotary Club set out to raise an additional $25,000 towards the purchase of new equipment for the Chilliwack General Hospital Pediatrics Observation Unit, a renovation project the club partially funded in the previous year.
With the generous support of presenting sponsor Prospera Credit Union and many other local donors, a silent auction, and ticket sales, the club achieved its goal for this year much to the excitement of committee chairperson Robert Beischer.
Patrons had a great time dancing to Dr, Strangelove and Steve 'Elvis' Elliot (above).
"It takes a village to raise a child," Beischer said. "This statement stands true with healthy children, but is paramount when it comes time to care for our children when they are not well. As a Club we are elated with the continued support from our community for this great need."
Rotarians and guests danced the night away to the many hit songs covered by popular band Dr. Strangelove. Appetizers were donated and served by the staff of a number of local restaurants. And of course, a Vegas-style show would not be complete without a performance by Steve ‘Elvis’ Elliott.
"The fun and fellowship of Rotary is evidenced by outstanding events such as Swing Into Spring," said club president Linda Rook. "Passionate volunteers commit their time and energy into creating a memorable experience that always raises an impressive amount of money for local charitable cause," Rook enthused.
At past Swing Into Spring events, Rotarians have raised funds for equipment for the dental hygiene program at the University of the Fraser Valley, and infrastructure at the Salvation Army Food Bank.
The Rotary Club of Chilliwack Fraser meets every Wednesday at 12:00pm in the Best Western Rainbow Country Inn. Visitors are always welcome.
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