Former Maple Ridge Community Foundation president Monica Hampu is the foundation’s new executive director. (The News files)

Former Maple Ridge Community Foundation president Monica Hampu is the foundation’s new executive director. (The News files)

Maple Ridge Community Foundation planning Masquerade Party for gala

Nominations still open for Citizens of the Year

Maple Ridge Community Foundation is gearing up for a masquerade party to celebrate the 2022 citizens of the year, and organizers are hoping to reach a $50,000 fundraising goal in the lead-up to the event.

Donors have donated $12,225 to the foundation, almost a quarter of the fundraising goal, said business relations manager Brenda Norrie.

Nominations for the top citizen awards are open until Saturday, April 2.

Nine finalists will be chosen, three in each category: Citizen of the year lifetime achievement award; the Teesha Sharma memorial under 40 award; and the 18 and younger youth award.

The masquerade party will feature acoustic vocal duo Almost Famous, who have a catalog of more than 650 songs from the 1960s to modern hits. There will be a buffet-style dinner, both a silent and live auction, the awards presentation, and a night of dancing.

All funds from this event will go towards supporting the foundation and the work they do in the community, supporting non-profits, individuals, and families.

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The Maple Ridge Community Foundation will be following all current provincial health guidelines and checking vaccine status upon entry.

Currently the foundation are still looking for items or gifts-in-kind for their silent and live auctions.

The 2022 Citizen of the Year Awards will take place from 6 to 11:55 p.m. on April 23 at Meadow Gardens Golf Club, 19675 Meadow Gardens Way, in Pitt Meadows.

To donate or purchase tickets go to trellis.org/mrcf-2022-citizen-of-the-year-awards.


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