Strip-a-thon raises cash in Maple Ridge

The 17th annual Caddyshack Strip-a-thon takes place this Sunday in Maple Ridge

As Kristan Fehr and Dave Rodway, volunteers with the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society, arrange toys in the Toy Room for families in need this year, staff and entertainers at the Caddyshack are preparing to add to that pile to make even more Christmas wishes come true.

The 17th annual Caddyshack Strip-a-thon takes place this Sunday, noon to 8 p.m., and promises to be a fun-filled afternoon.

“We’ve actually fine-tuned it,” says Haney Hotel general manager Yvan Charette. “We’ve turned it into a really large money-making event.”

All proceeds from this event are donated to the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society. More than 40 staff and entertainers at the exotic dancer club will be donating their wages and tips from the day to the Christmas Hamper Society.

“It’s a one day event that I am proud to be hosting,” Charette added.

This year will again feature live and silent auctions. The top item up for auction: a West Coast Canucks Breakaway package, featuring two tickets to a Canucks game, one night at the Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites with overnight parking, a gift certificate to Red Robin, and a hotel breakfast.

All of the servers will be taking part in a bra auction, which brought in $5,000 alone last year, as well as bids to date the waitresses, which raised $1,500 last year.

“If we could beat our last year’s total, that would be great,” said server Romana Van Lissum, whose helped out at the strip-a-thon since its inception.

Last year the Strip-a-thon raised $20,000 for the Christmas Hamper Society. The year before it raised a record $24,000.

“We understand that the times that we are living in makes it tougher for people to donate,” adds bartender and DJ Dave Shannon. “But donations have always been spectacular.”

Tickets for the event are $10 per person in advance or $15 at the door. Chair reservations are $25 each. Table reservations range from $100 to $300 and seat four to eight people.