Veterans focus of Langley gala

The Rotary Club of Langley is taking on a new fundraiser in its goal of giving back. This time it comes with all the glitz and glamour of a gala at the Coast Hotel and Convention Centre on Nov. 8 and honours those with a very unglamorous job.

The inaugural Rotary Gala and Auction will raise funds for the Wounded Warriors Foundation, a non-profit organization designed to deliver programs and services to members of the Canadian Forces who were injured in the service to their country.

Co-chair of the event and member of the Langley Rotary Club, Jason Coroy, explained about the event.

“You are invited to be part of our inaugural evening in support of the Wounded Warriors foundation in the goal of raising over $50,000 toward the under served assistance of our brave veterans that have served past and present to make our county the great place it is for us all today.”

Included in the $75 ticket price is a dinner, live and silent auctions, a cocktail reception, prize draws, and entertainment. People will be able to enjoy the Golden Ears Jazz Band as well as finalists from the 2014 Langley Has Talent competition.

The other event co-chair, Kari Kutvonen, noted that the atmosphere is going to be good with the entertainment and excitement of the auctions.

“We have done auctions in the Rotary club before,” Kutvonen said. “Smaller and lower key… we were thinking about a good fundraiser we could run year after year and could be our main fundraising event… This is well timed with Remembrance Day [and the funds raised for Wounded Warriors].”

Langley Rotary is expecting upwards of 300 guests to take part in the signature event. Tables of 10 are available for $750.

“We are over 200 [tickets sold],” Kutvonen said. “Wounded Warriors Canada had been in the papers a lot lately… they really needed help… we are really happy with the decision [to raise funds for them].”

The Saturday evening event kicks off at 6 p.m. with the cocktail reception and as the evening progresses, attendees can bid on a number of unique and exclusive silent and live auction items such as the opportunity for two to be in a plane during a Remembrance Day fly over.

Tickets can be purchased through the club’s site at www.langleyrotaryauction.org or at 604-635-4410 or 604-532-8831.

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