Despite the efforts of some Langley City businesses

Anonymous donor offers $20,000 to keep Cruise-In in City of Langley

Cruise-In Society declines donation, saying they 'want the community to be happy and not have to pay for it'

An anonymous donor is offering $20,000 to keep the Langley Good Times Cruise-In in the City of Langley, however the Cruise-In Society says it is a donation they cannot accept.

Claudia Earl, owner of Three Smart Humans All About Computers in downtown Langley, was contacted by the owner of another Langley City business this week with the proposal.

The idea is that the $20,000 would cover the policing costs that the City of Langley is requiring the Cruise-In Society to pay. Those costs, along with a list of more than 20 other requirements from the City, prompted the Society to look at moving the show to Aldergrove in the Township of Langley instead.

Earl, who recently opened her business on Douglas Crescent in January, was looking forward to having a “front-row seat” to the show. She was “overwhelmed” and “quite touched” when she was asked to put forward the donation on the other business owner’s behalf.

“That’s how much we want them to stay,” she said.

She was hoping that this donation, and an online petition on change.org started by Everything But Diamonds owner David Stingl, would be enough to convince the Cruise-In Society to stay.

Although flattered by the offer, Cruise-In president Wayne Patterson said the Society cannot accept the money.

“The only issue we have right now is we feel like it’s going to be an ongoing thing every year, and we really don’t feel it should be put back on to the community as a whole that someone would have to come up with the money,” Patterson said, referring to last year when the Cruise-In was almost cancelled over the same debate of policing costs.

“It’s pretty tough to take one person’s money and then just hand it over to the RCMP.

“We want the community to be happy and not have to pay for it.”

The Cruise-In directors are meeting with the Township on April 18 to continue discussions about potentially moving to Aldergrove.

Just Posted

Crown appeals stay against Jamie Bacon in Surrey Six killings

B.C.’s prosecution service says judge’s decision reveals ‘errors of law’

Arrest warrant issued for Langley City man

David Main is wanted on numerous charges including obstructing an officer

Langley RCMP seek man wanted for drug charges

David Main was last seen living in Langley City.

Site C dam goes ahead, cost estimate now up to $10.7 billion

Premier John Horgan says Christy Clark left him no other choice

Pellet gun prompts Langley RCMP to respond

A report of a firearm drew a large number of officers to Langley City.

VIDEO: Hundreds line up at Langley farm for pancakes and a chance to help

The 14th annual Krause Berry Farm breakfast with Santa raised almost $4,700.

Six-year-old boy needs $19,000 a month to treat rare form of arthritis

Mother of sick Sooke boy asks government to help fund treatments

Environmental groups slam NDP decision to continue with Site C

Construction industry, meanwhile, is cautiously optimistic about how the project will look

Be ladder safe both at work and home

WorkSafeBC wants you to keep safe while hanging those Christmas lights this year

Cold weather shelter too full, buses homeless to other communities

The Gateway of Hope shelter has had send some people to other shelters as they ran out of room.

B.C. overdose deaths surpass 1,200

96 people died of illicit drug overdoses in October

Feds agree to give provinces 75 per cent of pot tax revenues

Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the agreement today

Red Scorpion associates cuffed in drug-trafficking bust

Kamloops RCMP lay charges in connection to Red Scorpion drug trafficking ring

BC Ferries adds extra sailings for Christmas

More than 175 sailings are being added, including 130 between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island

Most Read