Rotary scores with beer garden

The Langley Rams may have lost to the Saskatoon Hilltops in the Canadian junior football championship game on Saturday, but they were big winners at the gate.

A near capacity crowd attended the Canadian Bowl at McLeod Stadium, to watch the Hilltops defeat the Rams 39-14 to earn their second national championship victory over Langley in three years.

And as it turns out many of these football fans were thirsty.

That was great news for the Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise, which ran the beer concessions at the game.

The Rams approached the Rotary Club of Langley Sunrise with the proposal that they would like to give back to the community.  

“They recognized that we serve the community and a partnership with us would be an efficient way for them to realize their goal,” club president Patrick Matiowski said.

About 1,100 beverages were sold at the beer concession during the game, for a net profit of $3,500.

“That is $3,500 our club will re-invest in the community,” said Matiowski, adding that the funds raised will help the club with its many projects including assisting local charities with missions to support the elderly, youth, and others with disadvantages. 

The club is known for its annual Grade 4 dictionary distribution campaign, community garden projects, youth leadership programs, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University bursary, as well as its efforts with the Langley has Talent showcase and its coordination of the Annual Terry Fox Run in Walnut Grove. 

“Literacy projects are important to our club,” Matiowski added.

The day went “fantastic,” according to Matiowski.

“Sales were brisk, fans were jovial, and the opportunity to serve our community was realized,” he said.

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