For members of the Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise, they’ve hit the mark five years running with the Taste of Langley fundraiser, and another successful event this week has ensured they’re going again in 2017, said club president and event founder Tom Louie.
On Tuesday night, 120 people converged on four restaurants in downtown Langley City, to enjoy a feast and to help a local charity.
Guests were divided up into groups of 30 and rotated between the four participating restaurants: Old Yale Bistro, Match Eatery, Shiraz, and Ban Chok Dee.
“We have a winning format. Nothing changed. The same smiling people, the same supportive restaurants, and the same great food,” said Patrick Matiowski, a Rotarian and director of fundraising for Langley Lodge.
Wearing the latter hat, he expressed his gratitude to fellow Rotarians, guests, and especially the participating restaurant owners for helping out the Langley Care Foundation year after year.
“Without them, we’d have nothing, so we really appreciate all of them,” Matiowski said.
It’s predicted that this year’s event will raise close to $5,000.
That money is earmarked for – among other things – the purchase of more hygienic slings to help lift patients out of bed and into baths.
At a cost of $400 each, these slings are critical to at least a third of the lodge’s 139 residents, and there’s always a demand, he said.