Strip-a-thon sets new record

This year’s 21st annual Strip-a-thon in Maple Ridge raised a $26,670 for the Christmas hamper society.

The annual Strip-a-thon benefitting the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society set another record this year.

This year’s 21st annual Strip-a-thon on Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Caddyshack raised a $26,670 for the hamper society, a record amount, said Haney House general manager Yvan Charette.

The previous high was $24,000 in 2009.

“It’s like running an eight-hour marathon,” said Charette. “The staff are running around with the silent auctions, 50/50 draws and the live shows are always a draw.”

He said this year’s addition of a staff calendar was also a contributing factor to the event’s success, raising more than $2,400.

The annual bra auction also helped push up the total, with the top price fetching $1,800 and another selling for $1,300.

The event was sold out, said Charette.

Staff at the club, along with 15 performers, mostly from the Lower Mainland, donated their wages and tips to the charity. Charette said the success of the Strip-a-thon is the result of the staff’s tireless work promoting the annual event.

“They do a tremendous job for a great cause. I can’t say enough about their hard work.”