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Bollywood event raises $11,000 for Gayle

A cheque for $11,000 was presented to cancer patient Gayle Bates after a Bollywood-inspired fundraiser.  - Photo by Lisa Graham
A cheque for $11,000 was presented to cancer patient Gayle Bates after a Bollywood-inspired fundraiser.
— image credit: Photo by Lisa Graham

After dancing the night away Bollywood style, after the tables were cleared and the rickshaw returned, after all the tired dancing feet had found their way home and after the bills were paid, some 265 women from the community along with generous businesses and individuals presented an $11,000 cheque to Gayle Bates.

The silent auction donations were incredible and raised approximately half  of that total. From ABC Printing, which donated the ticket printing, all the way to the pizzas supplied by Boston Pizza to feed the volunteers the community stepped up once again.

And speaking of volunteers, the able-bodied, the computer savvy-group, the setter-uppers and the taker-downers all contributed to the success of the evening.

Gourmet Girls provided an amazing authentic Indian dinner and DJ jprime rocked the house. With initial sponsorship from Secret Drawers Lingerie and Level 10 Eurospa, Bollywood for Gayle was an outstanding success.

Organizer Judy Atkinson said, “The Comox Valley has to be one of the best places on this planet to live. Once again, everyone donated, pitched in, bought tickets and supported a member of our community who has given of herself for many years.”

Gayle has been overwhelmed with support as she faces an aggressive form of breast cancer. Being a self-employed, single woman who will not be able to return to work for at least a year, this financial support makes a huge difference and relieves her of some financial strain.

Photos from the event can be found at

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