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KidSport receives $21K donation at Coquitlam restaurant's grand opening

"Absolutely incredible," said executive director Chris Wilson.
KidSport Tri-Cities executive director Chris Wilson (left) receives a donation of more than $21,000 from Cactus Club Cafe as part of the new Coquitlam restaurant's grand opening on Jan. 24, 2023.

A regional non-profit group is set to provide more opportunities for financially struggling families thanks to a gift from a new Coquitlam business.

On Tuesday night (Jan. 24), KidSport Tri-Cities received a donation from Cactus Club Cafe during the grand opening of its 31st establishment in the amount of $21,001.29.

"Absolutely incredible," said executive director Chris Wilson in a social media post Wednesday (Jan. 25) about the donation.

The money came from the head office of the popular casual dining restaurant.

It's set to help get nearly 70 kids into sports organizations and associations across Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody.

Last year, according to KidSport's website, 222 Tri-Cities kids were able to get off the sidelines and into the game thanks to $72,620 in grants.

The funding covers registration fees for kids 18 years and younger play a full season of their respective sport, the organization added.

"Our chapter accepts applications and administers grants of up to $400 per child/year, for kids who live in Tri-Cities, or in one of the other communities we serve."

The donation was one of many festivities that took place during Cactus Club's first night of serving at its second location in Coquitlam.

This one is across from Coquitlam Centre at 4000-2929 Barnet Hwy. — near its intersection with Pinetree Way. Cactus Schoolhouse opened in 2001.

The restaurant is operating under the leadership of regional director Dustin Schroer and general manager Ray Moore.

"We can't wait to host our Tri-Cities community and share memorable experiences and warm hospitality with everyone who visits," Schroer stated in a news release prior to the grand opening.

"Connecting with the local community is very important to us." 

The 10,000 sq. ft. restaurant with west-coast flair is fully accessible, the company tells the Tri-City News, has a 335-seat dining room and lounge, as well as an exterior takeout window to manage takeout orders.

- with files from Diane Strandberg, Tri-City News