Performing at the Kick Butt for Alan dinner and auction in Fort Langley next week holds significant meaning for internationally acclaimed Langley guitarist John Gilliat.
Kick Butt is a cancer fundraiser organized by the staff of ID Salon, where Gilliat's wife Teriva just happens to work.
But his motivation goes much deeper than that.
The event, in its second year, was devised as a tribute to her fellow co-worker and friend Alan Howchin, who lost his battle with cancer.
"Alan was a wonderful friend who left us way too soon," Gilliat said, explaining he's happily been involved as an entertainer since the event's inception.
"Alan was a really big fan of my music and would attend many of our performances. Playing the Kick Butt For Alan events has been a nice way for me to thank him for all his support and a great way to raise money for a cause that really seems close to us all," elaborated Gilliat, who has toured throughout North America and Japan performing his acoustic guitar music.
As well, Gilliat is motivated by the cause to help fight cancer, noting all monies raised go to the Canadian Cancer Society.
"My grandfather and aunt also lost their lives to cancer. My sister has been battling the illness for the past three years," Gilliat explained.
Those who come to the memorial fundraiser can expect a fun evening, said organizer Teresa Rice.
The event will include a live auction, 50/50 raffle, and door prizes, as well as the dinner, and Gilliat's music.
As for Gilliat, he will be providing a "fiery, world-beat fusion of rumba, flamenco, and Latin jazz with percussionist Lyndon Dewitt, to entertain everyone as they arrive and enjoy their meal."
The dinner and auction event is being held at Eighteen 27 (9185 Glover Rd.) on Monday, May 7, from 6 to 10 p.m.
"With donations from various business in the Fraser Valley and ID Salon as the event sponsor, the event was a huge success last year and we were proud to present CCS with a cheque in the amount of $3,500," Rice said.
"We are hopeful that we will meet or beat that total at this years event," she concluded, noting tickets are $60 each, and there are still some seats available by phoning her at 778-552-0155 or the ID Salon at 604-882-8600.