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Port Coquitlam holiday concert raises $8K for Eagle Ridge Hospital

Proceeds from the BaoBao Arts Centre's Christmas-themed show are earmarked for much-needed equipment.
The Baobao Arts Centre in Port Coquitlam raised $8,000 from its 2022 Christmas show, thanks to the community and local officials.

Dozens of young students recently showcased the skills they learned this past season for parents, friends and Port Coquitlam community leaders.

At the same time, they also helped raised donations for a local non-profit in the name of health and safety for all.

The BaoBao Arts Centre brought in $8,000 for the Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation (ERHF) from its 2022 Christmas Concert at the Terry Fox Theatre in Dec. 17.

The money is set to help pay for much-needed equipment and other medical materials for the regional hospital, which, according to ERHF's website, serves more than 50,000 emergencies, 600,000 lab tests and 6,000 surgeries each year.

"Thank you, BaoBao Arts Centre....for thinking of the foundation for this event and to all individuals who attended," the Port Moody-based organization said in a social media post.

"We are incredibly grateful for all of your support and generosity to ERHF!"

The children put on several holiday-themed performances through various mediums, including art, music, song and dance.

BaoBao Arts Centre dedicates itself to educating and revealing "the creative artist in everyone," and are grateful the community came out to support its cause earlier this month.

"Thank you to all the donors for contributing," the school said in a statement online.

"Thank you to all the teachers, staff and volunteer for putting together a fantastic show. Thank you to the students for their hard work, the parents for their endless support in their child’s education at BaoBao Arts Centre. We couldn't have done it without all of you."

In addition to public donors, several community officials also made a financial contribution, the ERHF added.

A cheque was presented at BaoBao's show that included principal Amanda Wang, event organizer Xiaohui Wang, ERHF board member Linda Li and chair Tom Morton, Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam MP Ron McKinnon, Coquitlam-Burke Mountain MLA Fin Donnelly and SD43 trustee Zoe Royer.