Romana Van Lissum and other wait staff at the CaddyShack will donate a portion of their tips from working during the annual Strip-a-thon.

Romana Van Lissum and other wait staff at the CaddyShack will donate a portion of their tips from working during the annual Strip-a-thon.

Strip-a-thon ready for another year

Raising money for hampers.

The Caddyshack Strip-a-thon is back for a 21st year.

And the annual fundraiser for the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society has its sights set on topping the $23,000 mark it raised last year.

The event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6 from noon to 8 p.m. There will be 20 different shows, a 50/50 draw, auction events and prizes, all donated by Caddyshack suppliers.

Romana Van Lissum, a server at the Caddyshack, has been part of the event since its inception and said it is incredible how the public responds to it

“There’s a real energy in the club,” she said “Everyone’s here to have a good time and help those who need it most. Our regulars are awesome.”

VIP tickets for the event are $25 and include breakfast, but patrons must be at the club by 11 a.m. to hold their seat.

Van Lissum said it’s always a standing-room-only event, so it’s best not to wait until last minute.

Staff at the Caddyshack have also created a calendar that will be sold as part of this year’s fundraising efforts.

“The goal is always to beat last year’s total,” she said. “And to have fun.”

Van Lissum said the performers donate their time for the shows, Caddyshack staff donate a portion of their tips, and many people donate their time.

The money goes to help the local Christmas Hamper Society, which had close to 600 local families registered last year. Each child in the family gets new toys, a food voucher for a local grocery store, which will get them everything they need for a traditional Christmas dinner, plus other seasonal treats.