Sanjeev Nand, executive director of Langley Community Services Society, braces for impact. It was a fundraiser for the United Way that allowed staff to make donations for the right to throw whipping cream-filled pie plates at the person in charge. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

VIDEO: Langley boss takes a pie in the face for charity

Langley Community Services Society holds fundraiser for United Way

“Is that the best you can do?’ taunted Sanjeev Nand, executive director of the Langley Community Services Society, as a pie plate full of whipped cream flew past his head and landed with a splat on the floor of the rear balcony at the main LCSS building in Langley City at 5339 207 St.

Then someone did better, and connected, covering half of Nand’s face with whipped cream as he roared with laughter.

Nand was sitting on a chair, wearing safety glasses and a poncho improvised from a green garbage bag, while staff at the Langley counselling service lined up a few meters away to toss pie plates full of whipped cream at their boss in return for a donation to the United Way.

Some people, it appeared, paid more than once for the opportunity to sling multiple pies at the senior manager.

It was one of several fundraisers at LCSS, which is hoping to raise $1,000 for the charity that supports 200 agencies and 364 Programs in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley

Nand confessed that he’d forgotten about the event on Monday.

But when he showed up that morning in a suit, someone reminded him and suggested he might want to change into something where the cleaning bill would be less expensive.

Nand made a quick trip home and changed.

LCSS assists nearly 2,000 individuals, couples, and families every year with counselling, education, information and resources.

The society offers a wide variety of programs in the areas of family counselling, family services, settlement and integration and substance use services, including free counselling for Langley residents with children 14 and under with issues such as family conflict, divorce, life transitions, stress management or grief and loss.

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In June of this year, the boards of directors of United Way Fraser Valley and United Way of the Lower Mainland announced that the two organizations will combine forces.

The two long-standing United Ways wills serve the Lower Mainland, Sea to Sky corridor, Sunshine Coast and the Fraser Valley from Abbotsford to Boston Bar, a service area that covers more than 36,000 square kilometres and serves 2.8 million people.

The combined United Way, called United Way of the Lower Mainland, has a head office located in Burnaby with an office in Abbotsford.

Funds raised in the Fraser Valley will continue to be invested in the Fraser Valley, the announcement said.

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