Easter Seals Chrome & Coffee, Cars & Cocktails raises $20,000

Rocky Mountaineer Station was the setting for the inaugural Chrome & Coffee, Cars & Cocktails fundraiser on Saturday, June 11th to support Easter Seals programs and services for children and adults with disabilities.

Easter Seals supporters including guests, sponsors, volunteers, board members and staff came together and raised $20,000 to continue to put smiles on campers faces, and bring comfort to families facing unimaginable health challenges.

The event began in the morning with a classic car show thanks to the Greater Vancouver Cars & Coffee members who helped fuel the fundraiser with their amazing community of classic cars and commitment to supporting persons with disabilities. Over 15 awards were handed out in categories ranging from Favourite Exotic to Favourite 60s.

The event then moved inside for an afternoon of live entertainment, poker tournament, fun money games, and cocktails. Over 25 items were bid on in the silent auction and all 50 bottles of wine were purchased at the wine wall built by Arbutus Furniture & Closets.

“It was such an amazing day to finally get together with our fundraising community after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” says Lisa Beck, CEO & President of Easter Seals BC/Yukon. “We had so much interest from sponsors who were ready to get back together in-person and help us raise funds for our community, and we couldn’t be more grateful for their support.”

Gateway Casinos sponsored the Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament that provided winnings of $1000, $625 and $325 to the final three participants, with BFL Canada, Mile’s End Motors, Davison North Law, Dominion Cigars and McCarthy Tetrault rounding out the ‘All In’ sponsorship group.

“We are so excited to be back running our overnight camps this summer at all three of our camp locations across BC, along with our day and virtual camp programs,” adds Beck. “It’s because of our generous donors and sponsors that we can provide these programs and give our community the opportunities to learn and have fun in a supportive, all-inclusive environment.”