The hope was to raise $35,000, but two charity events at Potters nurseries last Saturday actually netted $50,000 to help make Christmas brighter for sick kids.
Between the Rad Santa pet and family pictures taken during the day and the long-table gala that same evening, the Twins Cancer Fundraising managed to make the inaugural events memorable and profitable, said Chris Ruscheinski.
It was a great night and everyone was extremely generous,” said Chris, who along with his brother Jamie make up the Langley-based Property Twins. Not only are they realtors, but they run the annual Gone Country music concert every summer that raises money for cancer-related causes.
This year, the twins earmarked the $344,000 raised at the 2016 concert to build a music room and recording studio at the children’s hospice in Abbotsford.
Last weekend’s events were intended to help finance that project and provide toys for all the kids in care at the centre. Those new music facilities will be unveiled in early December, during the hospice’s Lighting the House event.
That same day, the twins will host a pizza party with Santa and deliver a myriad of wrapped gifts that were sponsored during last Saturday’s Long-Table Christmas Ga la lalala lalalala.
“We sold every toy that we had pre-purchased for Canuck Place. Over 50 total with a value of $3,500. This ranged from books, to GoPros and iPads,” Chris explained, excited as he anticipates the children unwrapping the gifts.
Both fundraisers last weekend were held at Potters, a nursery on 192nd Street that has become increasingly popular because of its Christmas store.
“Potters was amazing,” Chris told the Langley Advance. “Their managers worked the entire shift with us as well, for no pay. Then they donated a huge cheque to us the next morning [matching dollar-for-dollar the amount raised during the Rad Santa photo taking event].”
Asked if the twins are going to make it an annual event, Chris said it’s too early to confirm, 100 per cent, but he anticipates it will be ongoing – thanks in large part to Potters and all the volunteers who made this year’s event such a success.
“Our volunteers were there until 3:30 a.m. cleaning up, and back again at 8 a.m. to finish in order to get the store open… We owe everything to them,” Chris said. “It was unreal.”
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