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Reach Gala raises $160,000 for children with extra needs

This year’s gala net total is the highest yet for the non-profit
Reach Photo Reach for the Stars Gala 2023 MC Steve Darling on stage with presenter Rylan Keulen.

The local community passionately believed in the potential of children at La Belle Vie Gala on June 3 giving selflessly to children and families supported by Reach Child and Development Society.

Highlights of the evening included Reach stories including 10-year-old Rylan Keulen with gala MC Steve Darling. Guests were also delighted by another 10-year-old, Koltyn Serne, who played the piano and sang, while 16-year-old Andrew McInally played classical guitar during the evening.

Another highlight included Reach’s Gina Maslin presentation on the new program Kidz Squad, that will help small groups of children with Autism and/or developmental disabilities with communication and relationship skills as well as fostering participation in the community.

The heartfelt purpose shared by those in the room was evident when a five minute Fund-A-Need pledge drive raised $27,000 in support of Kidz Squad, including $7,000 from the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen.

This year’s gala net total of $160,000 raised, is the highest yet for the non-profit.

Gala supporters remained focused on kindness and building potential, generously funding programming for children with extra needs and their families served by Reach in Delta, Surrey and Langley.

“The generosity, kindness and community spirit of our amazing sponsors, donors, guests and volunteers, make our gala and events possible,” said Tamara Veitch, Reach events and fundraising manager. “Together, we really are making a difference in the quality of life of children and families who deserve to reach their potential.”