Help out Ridge Meadows Help Portrait event

Goal is to gather cash so that it can hand out family portraits at Chrismas

The fourth annual Help Portrait

The fourth annual Help Portrait

Organizers of Ridge Meadows Help Portrait are hoping to raise enough money to hand out family portraits again this Christmas for those less fortunate.

On Nov. 8, there will be a fundraising bash at 6:30 p.m. at The Well, inside Chances Gaming Centre at 227th Street and Lougheed Highway.

There will be music, door prizes, a 50/50 draw and a silent auction. Balloons will also be raffled off at $20 each with a guaranteed minimum $20 prize.

The fourth annual Help Portrait event takes place on Dec. 6 from 1-8 p.m. at Golden Ears United Church, 22165 Dewdney Trunk Road.

Photographers, editors, hair stylists and makeup artists come together for an afternoon of free portrait sessions for those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to have a professional photograph taken.

In addition to the portrait session, every family leaves with a free framed family portrait.

Ridge Meadows Help Portrait is still in need of make up artists and hair stylists to help out.

Founded in 2009 by American photographer Jeremy Cowart, Help Portrait is a non-profit organization that has grown to a community of photographers across the globe who will be using their visual skills to give back to the community they live in.

To date, 282,295 portraits have been given by 20,371 photographers and 32,299 volunteers at 2,128 locations in 62 countries around the world.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $20 each and include a burger with a side of fries or salad and one beverage of beer, wine, hi-ball or soft drink.

They can be bought in person at the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Chamber office, 12492 Harris Road in Pitt Meadows, or, Johnston Meier Insurance, 22367 Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge.

Tickets

Tickets can be bought online at http://helpportraitridgemeadows.com/fundraiserbash. Make sure you bring your receipt to pick up tickets at the door.

• For those who wish to donate only, go to http://www.gofundme.com/HelpPortrait.