The Delta Firefighters Charitable Society is gearing up for its annual end of summer fundraiser.
The seventh annual Harvest Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 14 at Greystone Stables in Ladner.
The Harvest Festival presents an opportunity for the community to celebrate the harvest season with dinner, dancing, casino, silent auction and live music while supporting important causes.
This year the society is dedicating profits towards Delta youth programs.
“Across Delta there are a number of youth-specific programs in need of support and funding in order to maintain operations or reduce waitlists,” states the Delta Firefighters Charitable Society website. “These programs include the Delta Firefighters Blue Skies Project, as well as a number of local direct-service providers in Delta that provide children, youth and families with support and resources for developmental or life-stage specific support.”
Funding awards will be made on a two-tier system. The first focus will be on funding those programs that require direct funding in order to maintain operations. The second focus will be awarding funds to reduce waitlists for programs and initiatives that are unable to meet demand.
Firefighter Kristy Storey said tickets are selling fast.
“We’ve talked about it as a community and I think it’s a combination of support from the community, but also, we offer a unique event in the sense that it is grassroots and it’s a large fundraiser, but it’s not formal,” said Storey on the ongoing success of the event. “There are a lot of great gala fundraising events in the community, but they are all very formal, but we have gone with the approach that we want to host a big harvest party and, yes, we want to raise money, but we want people to have a good time and engage with their neighbours and friends in a really fun atmosphere.”
She said support from the community really helps meet fundraising goals. More than $183,000 was raised last year.
“Our event is so well supported in South Delta, but we also put on a good time,” she said. “It’s a ton of work. It is days of set-up and months and months of planning. Our sponsors are tremendous as we couldn’t do any of it without Greystone Stables. They donate the venue for free. We take a lot of pride in this event.”
Tickets are available here.