Feature Story                                                                                         Thursday, January 16, 2014


The"Heart" of the Matter

Chilliwack Restorative Justice rolls out their first big fundraiser February 14 

Released by D. Biggin, CRJYAA/Handout photos


hilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Advocacy Association are having a fundraising event “Blacktie Beanfest” to raise much needed funds to continue the great work that they do to keep our community safe and healthy.


On Friday, February 14th, 2014 the stage will be set for an exciting Variety show featuring ‘The Magic of the Mind’ Hypnotist Lee Dyson (photo above) and ‘Essence of Elvis’ Jeff Bodner. Executive Director Kathy Funk said “what a perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and we are making this event all about giving back”.

The 1st annual Blacktie Beanfest is just how it sounds. The twist is you wear your black & white best with your finest jeans for this relaxed fun filled evening. Yes, you heard it right you will be handed a bowl of Elvis’s favourite baked beans. Funk adds, “We want most of your ticket money to go to Restorative Justice and not a fancy meal”.


Mike Csoka, Chilliwack Bowls of Hope Society said, “Supplying beans for this event is a great partnership for the work that we do in this community”. A portion of the ticket sales will go as a donation to their society.


Tickets will go on sale this week at $50.00 each or a table of 10 for $400.00. Most of the money will be income tax receipted. There will be fun extras like photo booths and other vignettes along with a no host bar.


Both Lee and Jeff know first hand the effectiveness of Restorative Justice in this Community having seen the program in action over the years in their career as RCMP members. Hypnotist Lee Dyson brings a thorough knowledge of hypnosis to every event having been trained with Las Vegas headliners and world class authors on the subject. Lee has a gregarious personality and will have everyone involved fully engaged. Jeff Bodner has been an Elvis performer since 1987 and over the past few years he has brought his act to a level of quality and unmatched professionalism in his field. Together they promised a show to remember.

“Have a Heart for Restorative Justice” and make this a memorable Valentine’s Day! The event is at Evergreen Hall, doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Community Policing office on Wellington or at Bella Clothing Boutique in The Village at Sardis Park.



About Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Advocacy Association
We are a volunteer based non-profit organization aimed at fostering a safe and caring community. The mandate of the organization is to bring offenders and victims together in order to discuss criminal incidents and to find ways to repair the harm caused. Since our inception, in 1998, we have provided restorative services to over 2,252 individuals and have recovered over $108,000.00 in restitution.


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