An ’80s-night charity event is coming to Cloverdale.
Unfortunately, the event at the Museum of Surrey is already sold out, but organizers hope to raise more awareness about their cause in an effort to raise even more funds.
Kelley Chalmers, special events director for the new non-profit Making Tomorrow Better (MTB), said they plan to do one fundraising event each year.
“This will be our inaugural event and it’s going to be amazing,” Chalmers said in an email to the Cloverdale Reporter. “The community has really come together and we are really excited.”
The Surrey-based non-profit chose the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division, as the first charity to benefit from their fundraising efforts.
“During the pandemic, we realized how fortunate we are—to live in Canada, to have access to health care, to have food in our bellies, and to have a roof over our heads,” added Traci Farden, MTB president. “We wanted to give back and to make a difference by helping others.”
Farden said the pandemic has caused an exponential increase in the need for mental health programs, so MTB felt that raising funds for the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC, would be a great benefit to the community.
“Unfortunately, there is such a negative stigma about mental health and we want to help change that,” she said. “By creating more awareness about it, and by encouraging the community to have more conversations about it, together we can make a difference.”
Chalmers said the volunteer-based charity has only on focus: helping the community.
Chalmers added MTB is very thankful to the 150 businesses that supported their fundraiser through donations of gift cards, prizes, and silent auctions items.
As of May 30, donations topped $6,000 of a $5,000 goal. The fundraising page at canadahelps.org will remain open until June 12.
“Your support is appreciated.”
For more info, visit makingtomorrowbetter.org.