Caring Hearts emcee Peter Luongo played Ike to impersonator Tracey Bell’s Tina Turner during Saturday night’s fundraising gala at Cascades Casino.

WITH VIDEO: Roasting brought in dollars for Langley Lodge

The seventh annual gala raises about $15,000 for therapeutic recreational programs at the downtown Langley seniors care home.

It was a lucrative night for Langley Lodge, but moreover it was a fun night full of endless laughs and lots of camaraderies.

More than 130 people came together Saturday at Cascades Casino for a common goal, to raise money and awareness for a seniors care home in the heart of Langley City.

While totals are still being confirmed, it’s believed the seventh annual Caring Hearts Gala raised in excess of $15,000, that has been earmarked specifically for therapeutic recreation programs and activities to benefit the residence of the Langley Lodge, explained Mike Brown, chair of the Langley Care Foundation – the fundraising arm for the lodge.

“It buys some of the extra goodies” that help make their lives more enjoyable and fulfilling, Brown elaborated.

While a debriefing meeting isn’t set to happen until next week, all indications are that “We did okay. Now, next year, we need to come up with something new,” again, he said, noting that the theme and the entertainment are key to the gala’s success.

This year, they had Tracey Bell impersonating celebrity woman, and her act was weaved in with a roast of long-time Langley volunteer and retired Langley City fire chief Jim McGregor.

“Tracey Bell was a fantastic entertainer, and we’re grateful to Jim for graciously allowing us to put him on the hot seat, like that.”

Brown suggested next year they might bring in a tribute entertainer, maybe pay homage to Elvis or Neil Diamond.

“The success of the annual Caring Hearts Gala demonstrates the strong community support for local seniors who live in residential care. The compassion in the room was palpable; everyone gave generously so that we can continue to deliver music therapy, pastoral care and horticulture therapy for the next year. Thank you Langley,” said Debra Hauptman, CEO of the Langley Care Society.

• Click here to see a full gallery of photos from the event

Just Posted

Langley Rams downed by Saskatoon Hilltops at Canadian Bowl

Four-time Canadian Junior Football League champions built up an insurmountable lead

VIDEO: Crash on 88 Avenue in Langley

At least one car suffered extensive damage

Extreme weather alert issued by Langley shelter

Gateway of Hope offers homeless warm place to sleep

VIDEO: Autographs with Hockey Hall of Fame member, Marcel Dionne

Marcel Dionne, as well as other NHL greats, have arrived to the Langley Events Centre for the 2018 Legends Weekend

Giants serve up major defeat to Pats at Langley Events Centre

On the ice, Vancouver G-Men wrap up home stand with a 10-4 win over Regina Friday night.

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

‘Toxic’ chosen as the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Other top contenders for 2018 include ‘gaslighting’ and ‘techlash’

RCMP bust illegal B.C. cannabis lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

1 woman dead, man in hospital after ‘suspicious’ crash: police

Homicide investigators and Burnaby RCMP are investigating the fatal collision

Canada defeats Germany 29-10 in repechage, moves step closer to Rugby World Cup

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point

Avalanche Canada in desperate need of funding

The organization provides avalanche forecasting for an area larger than the United Kingdom

5 B.C. cities break temperature records

Parts of B.C. remain warm, at 10 C, while others feeling chilly

B.C. teacher’s Amazing Race takes students on Canada-wide adventure

Agassiz high school students say they had the experience of a life time

Most Read