The staff at Milestones Langley have reached their own milestone, raising more than $10,000 for Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association at their latest regulars’ party fundraiser held in September.
While saying thank you to the customers who make their business successful, they also give an opportunity for their guests and their employees to give back to the community.
“Words can’t describe it. Honestly it is such a great feeling,” said manager Jaivin Khatri.
“It’s one thing to take care of guests in the restaurant and say thank you to them at an event like this, but it’s a completely different experience when you can touch the lives of so many people.”
Thanks to generous donations at their past four events, Milestones Langley’s grand total of fundraising for local charities in the last year is now more than $27,000. That includes an Autism Awareness Night held in April, a Movember event last November, and the first regulars’ party for VTEA one year ago in September.
And with a second Movember event scheduled for the end of November, Milestones Langley hopes to raise even more.
“The way I look at it is that we get to pay it back to our guests, but in the same token they can help pay it back to the community with us,” Khatri said.
Every event held has a personal connection to a staff member at Milestones. A spouse of one of their employees volunteers with VTEA, which led to the first fundraiser.
With double the attendance and triple the money raised this year, they feel nothing but gratitude, Khatri said.
“A lot of hard work goes into these events, but the reason why we do events like these is to appreciate the people that make our lives and our jobs important, and that’s our guests,” he said.
“That’s why we work here, that’s why we do what we do. To throw events like these and to give back to our community and our guests make my job and our jobs worthwhile.”