Thursday July 22, 2010

Feature Story


Party in the Park Gives Back To The Community

BIA thanks volunteers for making it happen

Craig Hill/Voice


entral Community Park is hosting the largest Coast Capital Savings “Party in the Park” yet. The crowds keep growing each week and the events runs each Friday night from 5:00-10:00 until August 27th  (Grand Finale with Dean Brody).


Kathy Funk, Executive Director of the BIA says, “last year we were able to give two one thousand dollar scholarship to high school music student as a result of the musicians giving back partial proceeds of their honorariums.” Not only did the entertainers give back to the community but so did the night market.

Mandy Watts, Market manager says, “When all the bills were paid, we were able to cut a cheque to Chilliwack Community Services Family Place.”

This year, Carolyn Streifel from Barefoot Butterfly came forward and suggested that we create an opportunity for High School art students to learn how to face paint. Carolyn was able to recruit twelve students, teach them basic face painting and the School District came on board and agreed to honor this volunteer commitment as work experience.

Our “Family Fun Zone” has expanded with the generous support of so many businesses in Chilliwack and so we put out a call to the community for volunteers and Chilliwack responded. We now have over fifty volunteers helping us make this a great success.

Our “Night Market” is now the largest in the Valley and we discovered that there was not enough power at the park to supply the needs. The City of Chilliwack Parks was willing to pay for half of the cost of increasing power and so we asked Norich Electric Ltd. if they would sponsor our half and they very willing said yes and have supported us in this need. Parks Rec. and Culture department of The City have donated a couple of porta-potty’s and Valley Tank picked up the tab on the delivery charges.

President, Ken Popove of the BIA said, “I am so thrilled with how our community has come together in such a big way to make this event happen, with up to 4,000 attending each night so far, it was testament to us that this event must go on.”

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