Car lovers gather for annual auction

B.C. Hotrod Association has raised more than $100,000 for Aldergrove’s Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association

Hundreds of car enthusiasts gathered at Cascades Casino and Convention Centre on Dec. 4 to indulge in another passion — philanthropy.

Members of the B.C. Hotrod Association auctioned off dozens of tools, car parts, nostalgic pieces, historic signs and pictures at its annual Christmas auction, benefitting Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association.

Since the event started 10 years ago, the BCHRA has raised more than $100,000 for the Aldergrove-based equestrian association, which provides assistance for special needs children and adults through therapeutic horseback riding.

As one of the club’s largest events of the year, “for us it’s a big deal,” said BCHRA president Keith Biddlecombe.

“Our members take this very seriously.

“We feel really good about supporting them,” he said.

“Even in tough times over the past few years we’ve been able to raise a lot of money.”

An open house and cheque presentation ceremony for BCHRA took place at Valley Therapeutic earlier this month (Dec. 16).

“We know they’re putting the money to good use and it’s making a difference with the kids,” Biddlecombe said.

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