Oktoberfest benefits Ridge hospice society

Fundraising event Saturday at South Bonson Community Centre.

The Ridge Meadows Hospice Society is hosting its annual Oktoberfest celebration.

The Oktoberators will be performing for the sold-out crowd at the South Bonson Community Centre in Pitt Meadows on Saturday.

“People look forward to this. We have a waiting list. As soon as we advertise for this, people book tickets. It’s a very popular event that the hospice society enjoys putting on,” said Mark Vosper, executive director of the hospice society.

There will be a traditional bratwurst dinner, a yodeling competition, beer stein holding competition and a best-dressed competition for both men and women.

The annual hospice society raffle will be drawn at Oktoberfest this year. First prize is $1,000; second prize is $500; and third is $250. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the Ridge Meadows Hospice Society office at 22320 – 119th Avenue until 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

On Oktoberfest night, there will also be a 50/50 draw, a silent auction and a lottery board draw for scratch cards.

New this year will be a photo zone, where you can go in and get your photos done in costume, for a donation.

All money from the event will go to help fund end-of-life and bereavement support programs in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

“Over the last 18 months, it’s been steadily increasing the requests for our support services throughout the community,” said Vosper.

“We’re the principle provider of palliative and grief support in the community. A lot of people don’t realize that we are a non-profit charity which has to raise funds in order to provide support to people,” he said.



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