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Burger bar, auctions and Crayons: Coquitlam Foundation to mark 30 years of community support

The organization has raised millions of dollars for local groups in the form of grants and scholarships, and the public is being invited to celebrate.
Coquitlam Foundation - carol cahoon and John Wolf
Carol Cahoon (right), executive director, and John Wolf, chair, represent the Coquitlam Foundation, which is celebrating 30 years of community support and philanthropy on Oct. 1, 2022.

It's now been more than three decades since the Coquitlam Foundation convened for the first time meeting in January 1992.

Since then, it's distributed more than $2.2 million to local groups and organizations that aim to make the community better by providing programs or services for local residents.

And now, its executive wants to celebrate the registered charity's accomplishments with the public by hosting a 30th-anniversary event next month.

"The Coquitlam Foundation envisions a community where the quality of life is enhanced by residents and organizations creating lasting legacies by contributing to endowment funds that benefit a broad range of eligible organizations and individuals," said executive director Carol Cahoon in a statement to the Tri-City News, noting more than 100 tickets are still available.

"It's our 30th anniversary and a great time to celebration the CF's contributions to the community, which are massive and wonderfully amazing to build connection and support the community."

Cahoon added the evening will also act as a fundraiser with all proceeds going towards Coquitlam Foundation grants and scholarships for future distribution. 

And the foundation wants to rock out with local residents by inviting a local band to encourage attendees to get up and dance.

The Crayons are a six-person cover band group, whose members hail from the Tri-Cities and Maple Ridge, known for their rich and full sound they've mastered for the last 25 years and every single member contributes their vocals to the performances.

"The group prides themselves on selecting songs everyone knows and playing them the way they were originally written and recorded," reads a description of the rock troupe.

"For example, the Crayons are one of the few bands that play in town using in ear monitors and and a computerized mixing board."

Cahoon explained a deluxe burger bar will also headline the Coquitlam Foundation's 30th birthday party, catered by Gleneagle Secondary culinary arts instructor Chef Roberto "Bert" Arciaga.

The menu will also include drinks, salads and specialty-themed cookies for dessert.

A live auction will also take place during the five-hour celebration that include prizes from various local businesses.

Additionally, interested participants are encouraged to dress in their best rock-n-roll outfit as gift-card prizes will be handed out for the top costumes.

The Coquitlam Foundation's 30th-anniversary Rockin' It is scheduled for Oct. 1 from 6 to 11 p.m. at All Saints Roman Catholic Church's parish hall (821 Fairfax St.) in Coquitlam.

Tickets are $80 each or $640 for a table of eight.

For more information about Coquitlam Foundation's celebration, you can visit the organization's website.