Prepared by an executive chef, LAPS’ “Gala-in-a-Box” is to include a three-course meal and wine pairing hand-delivered to doorsteps in Langley Aug. 26 (LAPS photo)

LAPS staff think ‘outside the box’ to provide this year’s Gala-in-a-Box

The animal welfare agency wants to see ‘Dreams Come True’ in Langley with $70,000 fundraising goal

Executive director Jayne Nelson of Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS) said she’s had to think “outside the box” to carry on the non-profit’s largest annual fundraiser this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

For that, Langley’s Blank Canvas Catering, a division of the Joseph Richard Group, has come forward to provide LAPS with a “Gala-in-a-Box.”

“Hosting our event on an online platform will allow us to engage with people all over the world,” said LAPS spokesperson Drew Harkness.

But it’s not just a livestream that participants will be offered to watch the night of Sept. 26. Gala goers in Langley have the option of a fine dining hand-delivered to their doorsteps.

Each box will contain a three-course meal kit for two, specially prepared by Joseph Richard’s Group executive chef Andy Slinn.

The packages will also include a hand-picked wine pairings from KIS Consulting.

READ MORE: Abandoned dog given ‘second chance’ after waiting seven months in a shelter

LAPS’ gala boxes “are the perfect way to enjoy a glamourous evening from the comfort of your own home,” said Harkness.

This year, the Dreams Come True gala was created with a goal of $70,000, to fund the continued rescue and care of animals at Aldergrove’s Patti Dale Animal Shelter.

Funds donated will also benefit a whole of other animal welfare programs LAPS conducts.

Those wanting to attend this year’s gala can buy their tickets, and their dinner boxes, online at

Life may have changed, but our mission hasn't. Help us reach our fundraising goal and support more animals in need by…

Posted by Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS) on Saturday, August 15, 2020

If you live in the outskirts of Langley, meal deliveries will be available for pick up from the following locations on Sept. 26.

– In Maple Ridge,Townhall Public House

– In Chilliwack, Townhall Public House

– In South Surrey, Townhall Public House

– In Abbotsford, Townhall Public House

– In Cloverdale, The Henry

animal welfare

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

LETTER: Pitt Meadows man calls on B.C. government to better fund parks

Investment in parks will pay off for the future, letter writer says

Man charged in Langley triple murder back in court

Kia Ebrahimian will be back in court again in late October

VIDEO: Rolled over septic truck at Langley roundabout knocks out streetlight

Driver treated from minor injuries, witness reports

Westbound Highway 1 stall in Langley blocking left lane

Congestion starting at 264th Street, crews on scene

B.C. counts 125 new COVID-19 cases, up to 1,284 active

No new deaths or health care facility outbreaks

Costs climb to more than $100K for BC SPCA to care for animals in B.C. farm seizure

Eight puppies, of the 97 animals seized have now died from parvovirus enteritis

B.C. VOTES 2020: Wilkinson to stop 24-hour camping in city parks

Ban on ‘unsafe roadside panhandling’ to be enforced

Man pleads guilty to violent assault of elderly man in Abbotsford

Victim, 85, attacked while waiting at bus stop in November 2019

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Lessons from a pandemic: How to design a nursing home that’s safe and love-filled

A look at how one care home is battling the pandemic with the social needs of the elderly in their care

Winter tires, chains now mandatory along most B.C. highways

Drivers without the proper winter tires – which must also be in good condition – can be fined $109

Staff shortages plague Mission Institution following recovery from COVID-19 outbreak

Guards at 60% of workforce; inmates suffer daily with lockdown, mental health issues

Most Read