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BACI’s core support community ensures sustainability of children’s services

When asked about the high points of a recent fundraising gala to support children’s services offered through the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI), senior manager Krista Moldowan and co-executive director Tanya Sather refer to the people who attended.

“The people that have a vested interest in BACI all showed up,” Krista tells BACI Blast.

“They’re a group of people who believe in what BACI does and will always be at the BACI Ball and for those people we are very grateful.”

Tanya also mentions a deep appreciation for the core group of guests and board members who support the event in various ways each year.

Held Nov. 16 at a new venue — District 319, a state-of-the-art, private theatre and multimedia facility in Vancouver’s urban core — the BACI Ball: Global Fusion event had a slightly different atmosphere this year, both Tanya and Krista note.

“It had an exotic feel that was also more cozy and sophisticated, and allowed people to mix and mingle more,” says Tanya.

In addition to being an opportunity to celebrate and have some fun, the BACI Ball is imperative as a fundraiser for the children’s services BACI offers.

Krista notes that each year these services rely heavily on the fundraising the event does to support both some interim therapy services for children in its infant-development program, as well as to support operating funds for BACI’s inclusive childcare centres.

While a final tally on the amount raised has yet to be determined, Tanya says the sense is that it was another successful year in that respect as well.

She notes the planning committee deserves applause for another year of hard work making the event possible.

“We have a great group, a very dedicated group that puts this on, and I’m just very grateful to them for their continued support and hard work,” she notes.

Those who volunteered in other respects, as well as people who purchased tickets and items in the auction are also to be recognized, she says, adding it’s all these efforts put together that help ensure the children BACI works with receive every chance possible to live healthy lives in the community.

Feel free to comment below, or contact the writer, Michelle Strutzenberger, at michelle(at)axiomnews.ca.

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