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Strip-a-thon raises $22,400 for Christmas hamper

Christmas wishes will come true for many more children this year after the Caddyshack’s 18th annual Strip-a-thon on Sunday raised $22,400.

More than 200 people attended Sunday’s event, a benefit for the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society.

Staff at the popular club, along with 15 performers, mostly from the Lower Mainland, donated their wages and tips to the charity.

“I was just surprised at the generosity in the room. It is unbelievable to watch,” said Haney Hotel general manager Yvan Charette.

Both live and silent auctions contributed to the grand total.

A bra auction raised $6,800 on its own. The highest bid went for server Romana Van Lissum, whose bra that sold for $2,500.

“At one point we had about three or four of my servers on stage and the whole room was just putting money on the stage. I’ve never seen that before. It was crazy,” said Charette.

An additional $1,600 was raised when bartender Garret Myers shaved his head on stage.

“People were always bugging him, “Get a haircut. Get a haircut,” explained Charette.

“About a month and a half ago a patron said to him, ‘If you cut your hair on strip-a-thon, I’ll donate $500,’” said Charette.

When Myers took to the stage, patrons continued to throw money towards the charity.

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