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Second annual art gala at Blue Jay Elementary in Abbotsford

Anh Bui (far left) fills out paperwork to purchase an art piece by her daughter Cindy (second from left), while Blue Jay students Chelsey Deperio (second from right) and Harpreet Dhaliwal help out during the school
Anh Bui (far left) fills out paperwork to purchase an art piece by her daughter Cindy (second from left), while Blue Jay students Chelsey Deperio (second from right) and Harpreet Dhaliwal help out during the school's second annual art gala.
— image credit: Vikki Hopes

An art show on Thursday at Blue Jay Elementary in Abbotsford raised funds for BC Children's Hospital.

The school's second annual gala involved kids displaying and selling works of art they created in class, with proceeds going to Children's Hospital via the Team Miracle Maya initiative.

One of the school's families, the Ahujas, has pledged to raise $100,000 for the hospital to purchase equipment for open-heart surgery patients.

Maya Ahuja, who turns four in June, was born with a congenital heart defect, and her parents, Karm and Gary, credit the team of doctors and nurses at B.C. Children's Hospital with her recovery.

Earlier this year, Blue Jay Elementary raised more than $1,200 for the cause through a bottle drive and coin collection.

Last year's art gala raised $1,000 for the Run for Water, which supplies clean and accessible drinking water to children in Ethiopia.

The Blue Jay art show was held for an hour in the afternoon and also ran for an hour on Thursday evening. Admission was by donation, and the suggested purchase price for children's art was $5.

Meanwhile, another fundraiser for Team Miracle Maya takes place Friday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Royal King Palace Banquet Hall, 8158 128 St. in Surrey.

The Bollywood-themed event includes a gourmet Indian buffet dinner, entertainment, dancing, games, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $40 and are available by calling Gary Ahuja at 604-613-5242.

For more information, visit teammiraclemaya.com.

 

 

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