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Christmas Dine and Dance aids Richmond Christmas Fund
Around 250 people danced the night away to raise money for local children in need at the second annual Christmas Dine and Dance fundraiser, hosted by Rubina Hope for Kids at Continental Seafood Restaurant last Friday.
“I wanted to raise 5,000,” said Gary Eng, event organizer and Richmond Christmas Fund roundtable member.
The fundraiser managed to do even better.
Well over $7,000 was raised throughout the night for the Richmond Christmas Fund through ticket sales, a raffle and a 50/50 draw.
People came from as far away as Hope and Squamish to attend.
“Everything was positive that night,” Eng said.
“There are a lot of people who want to come back [next year].”
The highlight of the night was live music performed by R&B Allstars and Wager, presented by Summit Customs Broker, which followed a delicious 10-course dinner.
“When the band first started everyone got up and started dancing,” Eng said.
Mayor Malcolm Brodie made a special appearance and played two songs on the trombone with R&B Allstars.
Rubina Hope for Kids was founded by Iris and Sean Lee to help Thailand after an earthquake hit the country in 2004.
The organization now aims to help local kids in need.