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VIDEO: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley Casino Royale-themed gala beats goal

Event was first post-pandemic, in-person version

It was the third Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley fundraising gala, and the first in-person version since the pandemic postponed all but a virtual version, and it drew more than 200 to the Cascades Casino Langley Hotel and Convention Centre on Saturday night, April 22.

Casino Royale was again the theme, an opportunity for attendees to get dressed up in their finest and try their hand at various games of chance, including the Big Deal Game Show, a unique spin on the TV show Deal or No Deal.

When it was over, Roslyn Henderson, the executive director of Big Brother’s Big Sisters of Langley, estimated the event had raised $83,000, beating their target of $80,000.

“It’s more than we raised in the first year (in-person in 2019), and more than we raised with the virtual one (in 2020),” a pleased Henderson told the Langley Advance Times.

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It will help approximately 450 kids who benefit from the mentorship provided by Big Brother and Sisters Langley.

Henderson took the opportunity to encourage potential Big Brothers and Sisters to get in touch.

“If you are looking for additional ways that you can support our agency, we’re always looking for volunteers who can be involved in our mentoring programs,” Henderson said.

“As well, any donations or contributions are all always greatly appreciated.”

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Now in its 49th year serving the community, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Langley offers a range of mentoring programs for young people that aim to create, support, and empower life-changing relationships for children and youth facing adversity.

Those interested can get in touch online by visiting

More photos from the gala may be viewed online at the Langley Advance Times Facebook page.

Up next, the 35th annual Golf for Kids Sake Charity Tournament at Newlands Golf & Country Club, where golfers enjoy a day on the greens in support Big Brothers and Sisters of Langley, planned for August.

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