While there are fun reasons to anticipate a fast-approaching Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI) fundraiser — including the possibility of winning lunch with Lois Lane of the TV series Smallville — participants can also look forward to a chance to make a meaningful contribution to a critical social change effort.
Hanifa Ladha, who was instrumental in launching the BACI Ball five years ago, says the opportunity to give back is her key reason for helping organize the fundraiser ever since.
Hanifa’s adult brother has an intellectual disability, and Hanifa has seen firsthand how BACI has made a tremendous difference in his life.
“My brother has a purpose,” Hanifa says. “He goes to work (through a BACI employment service), and it makes him feel like he is doing something to contribute; it gives him self-esteem and self-confidence.”
Her parents have been comforted and relieved as well, knowing her brother is supported as he is by BACI, says Hanifa.
“I feel that (the BACI team) has given so much to my family and I’m compelled to want to give back so they can continue making a difference in the lives of other people,” she says.
The BACI Ball: Global Fusion event was first created to raise funds for BACI’s children’s programs, and will dedicate all proceeds to the same again this year.
The event takes place Nov. 16.
In addition to ethnic cuisine, a raffle for a one-night stay in Jasper (with round-trip train ride) and auction of items such as lunch with Lois Lane, the event features award-winning, internationally renowned artist Yared Nigussu’s live-paint performance.
BACI senior manager of communications and resource development Carol Broomhall says she’s excited about the artist joining the event for the first time.
“Watching Yared create a work of art is not only inspiring but almost life-affirming. The passion that he brings to his work and to his interactions with the guests of an event builds an immediate sense of friendship and community that is rare to experience.”
Carol adds she looks forward to the BACI Ball being “an eclectic and electric evening that will raise much-needed funds for the children with disabilities that we support.”
The BACI Ball: Global Fusion takes place this year at District 319, a state-of-the-art, private theatre and multimedia facility in Vancouver’s urban core. Valet parking and shuttle service to and from the Waterfront Skytrain will be available. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit the BACI Ball site.
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