Langley Advance files At the gala people enjoy the jumping from a covered viewing area.

Langley public schools benefit from elite equestrian competition

Sunday’s 12th annual gala happens at Thunderbird Show Park.

The Langley School District Foundation is hoping to clear the jump in its contest to raise money for local public schools.

The foundation has for several years worked with Thunderbird Show Park on the Grand Prix gala fundraiser

The gala runs 1 to 5 p.m. and features gourmet hors d’oeuvres, award-winning wines and desserts. Attendees will also be able to enjoy show jumping from a covered viewing area and the chance at coveted prizes, including diamond earrings.

“Please help us help our students,” said foundation executive director Susan Cairns.

This is the foundation’s premiere fundraising event of the year.

The event is raising funds for Food for Thought, the foundation’s program to feed hungry students – there are an estimated 3,000 students in the district who come under this category. As well gala proceeds will go to help teens.

“We are also supporting the Youth Homeless Initiative to provide a refuge to our 160 students who find themselves out on the streets with nowhere to go and no one to turn to. Imagine their distress,” Cairns noted.

Funds from previous galas have been earmarked for other initiatives including technology for schools, literacy and leadership programs, summer literacy and numeracy campaigns, a special needs equipment loan bank, and more.

In 2016, more than $70,000 was raised through sponsors, ticket sales, a silent auction, and contests, with net proceeds going towards Food For Thought Campaign which every school day provides breakfast, lunch, and snacks to 300 Langley students.

Tickets are $75 apiece or $480 for a table of eight, and the dress code ranges from country casual to glammed up, with many women using the occasion to don their fascinators.

Learn more about the foundation online at Find it on Facebook by searching Langley School District Foundation or follow on Twitter: @SD35Foundation.