A Nov. 21 event exceeded its half a million dollar goal, raising $639,855 in support of student scholarships and programs for Trinity Western University.
TWU used the occasion to honour Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman and Langley MLA Mary Polak, at its 50th Anniversary fundraising event, Christmas in the City.
The black-tie event at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver brought together more than 300 business and community leaders for an evening of celebration.
"For 50 years, TWU has been blessed to be in Langley. Our MLAs Rich and Mary are tirelessly dedicated to their work. If there is one word that captures their heart for Langley and BC, and their relentless drive to achieve the very best for families, the community, and the future of British Columbia, it is the word 'others'. They understand TWU and how the University positively impacts Langley City, the Township, and the province. We are thankful for such leaders who are truly public servants," said TWU president Dr. Jonathan Raymond.
The gala featured a congratulatory message from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, performances by Covenant award-winning group Tenore and the TWU Chamber Choir, the presentation "Because of Christ: Education. Transformation. Impact," and a keynote address from Raymond.
"The Tenore trio were exceptional and a definite highlight. The other highlight was the amount of money that we raised because the evening was very honouring to God and the audience felt that and responded accordingly," said Canada Wide Media chairman Peter Legge, whose wife and daughter are both TWU alumnae.
The Christian University is marking its 50th anniversary this year and offers 42 bachelor's degrees, 16 graduate degrees, and adult degree-completion programs.