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'A Not So Silent Night' raises $125,000 for Christmas Fund

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:59 PST, Mon December 2, 2019

Generosity ruled the day at the second A Not So Silent Night in support of the Richmond Christmas Fund.

Hosted by Jaguar Land Rover of Richmond, in the Richmond Auto Mall, the sold-out event attracted 400 big-hearted community and business leaders. All were there for a common purpose: to help brighten the holidays for their neighbours in need.

The event featured performances by local musician Dan Hare, the Steveston-London Secondary School Jazz Band, and the cast of Gateway Theatre’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Other entertainment included two digital caricature artists and a photo booth where guests could take pictures with Richmond RCMP officers dressed in Red Serge.

A high-octane, car-oriented live auction, led by Howard Blank, was accompanied by a silent auction featuring over 70 items. Together, they generated tens of thousands of dollars.

In addition, several attendees made spontaneous $10,000 donations, over 30 patrons contributed $1,000 each, and dozens gave between $20 and $500. Sponsorships from Pacific Gateway Hotel, Platinum Pro-Claim, TD, Cowell Auto Group, and Blundell Seafoods added to the evening’s overall total: a record-breaking $125,000.

The event was organized by a committee of 12, made up of Christmas Fund co-chairs Wayne Duzita, Rob Howard, and Michael Chiu, as well as Ed Gavsie, Gail Terry, Kim McLachlan, Sharon Bonner, Eda Koot, Anita Law, Rick Duff, Elizabeth Specht, and Sandra Bernie.

“We are extremely grateful to the committee members for their hard work,” says Duzita. “Each of them is a volunteer, and for all of them, this was truly a labour of love.”

“We’d also like to thank the 135 community leaders who serve on the Richmond Christmas Fund Army, and everyone else who contributed to A Not So Silent Night, from the guests and donors, to the staff and volunteers. It was a team effort, and a wonderful example of Richmond’s community spirit,” says Duzita.

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