One night in the Fraser Valley, Variety BC raised $155,000 to help children with special needs.
The event, One Night in the Valley, featured platinum-selling Langley-born singer, winner of a number of CCMA Awards, Dallas Smith.
Smith had the crowd jumping out of their seats and dancing to his roster of hits, including “Autograph,” “Make ’Em Like You,” and his most recent single, “Rhinestone World.”
The Saturday evening gala began with a Red Carpet Tailgate featuring live entertainment from singers Cambree Lovesy and Shylo Sharity.
The line-up of performers and celebrities had the audience of more than 300 “enjoying and dancing” through the evening at the Cloverdale Agriplex, said Variety director of development Meghan Bradner.
It was “great for Variety to reconnect” with its entertainment beginnings, said Bradner, noting that the event – the first of its kind held by Variety in the Fraser Valley – was particularly successful in bringing out a “brand new crowd” to support the organization’s work with special needs children.
Following the reception, the drapes opened to a room that captured the feel of upscale country, complete with grazing stations, a whiskey tasting lounge and title sponsor Preston GM’s all-new trucks line-up.
Variety BC CEO Cally Wesson expressed special thanks to One Night in the Valley presenter Joseph Richard Group and Peter Heppner of Preston GM of Langley.
“Because of you and your support, we’ll be able to help even more kids with special needs and their families in the Fraser Valley,” said Wesson, adding, “This is just the beginning!”
Variety – the Children’s Charity steps in where health care ends providing direct help to children with special needs in BC. For over 50 years, Variety has ensured that children have the support to reach their potential. Since 2010, Variety has distributed more than $30 million in funding to families and organizations in communities all across the province.