Thanks for Caring – A Christmas Tea Fundraiser co-chairDebbie Froese. Black Press photo

VIDEO: Another successful sellout for the eighth annual Thank You for Caring Christmas tea

Event raises money for the Langley Christmas Bureau

Outside the main ballroom of the Cascades Casino Hotel and Convention Centre, a string quartet from the Langley Community Music School was playing holiday favourites while participants in the eighth annual Thank You for Caring Christmas tea inspected several tables of donated silent auction items.

One table featured a display of $2,000 worth of custom jewelry from the Wild Moon & Star artist collective in Fort Langley made by designer Susan Rinds.

For $10, people could buy a Christmas cracker for a chance at winning the necklace and other items.

Later on, Australian native Adam Lucas performed his note-perfect tribute to Canadian crooner Michael Bublé.

Every year, the fundraiser for the Christmas Bureau sells out a little faster.

This year, more than a month in advance of the event, the tickets were gone in “about two days” said Kirsten Charlesworth, one of the volunteers.

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An estimated 500 attended the eighth annual fundraiser.

Originally known as the Mayors’ Wives Tea, the fundraising event was started by Debbie Froese, whose husband happens to be Township Mayor Jack Froese and Charlene Fassbender, wife of former City Mayor Peter Fassbender.

This year the event was co-chaired by Froese and Jean Schaffer, whose husband is former City Mayor Ted Schaffer.

The recently retired Schaffer explained that the newly elected City mayor, Val van den Broek, told them to “carry on” with the tea and the upcoming Christmas breakfast fundraiser.

“I’m just here to support my better half,” Schaffer said.

One hundred per cent of the funds and donated items go to the bureau, because sponsors cover all the costs.


Thanks for Caring – A Christmas Tea Fundraiser co-chair Jean Schaffer. Black Press photo

There was a draw for $2,000 worth of jewelry, donated by Susan Rind. Black Press photo

There were many, many stylish hats, including this tribute to the season. Black Press photo

A sellout crowd of 500 people attended the Thanks for Caring – A Christmas Tea Fundraiser in Langley. Black Press photo

Australian native Adam Lucas performed his tribute to Michael Bublé at the Thanks for Caring – A Christmas Tea Fundraiser. Black Press photo

A string quartet from the Langley Community Music School performed. Black Press photo

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