By Ted Hlokoff
The Nimpo Lake/Anahim Lake community associations held their annual dinner and dance for the 139 Children’s Fundraising Society Saturday evening, Feb. 19.
More than 120 people showed up and partied to the tunes of The Dean River Band at the Anahim Lake Community Hall.
There were many children of all ages and sizes attending this family event.
Young Shawna Wagner enjoyed the dancing and band playing as much as her parents did. At one time, shortly after dinner, I saw young Benjamin Hatch under the tables eating a cup of Jello.
Claudette Miller thanked all the organizers for their outstanding efforts.
This event was started by Mary Kirner 26 years ago and eventually became the 139 Children’s Fundraising Society Charity event.
I did see one of the silent auction items (wind washer, cup and T-shirt) have $26 offered, while item 25 of hamburger, complete with a hat was selling for $105 after a couple of hours.
The “historic” 139 hat was purchased this year by Ken Thompson.
His extra “gift” this year was a purple dress, although he didn’t mention if it was going to fit him or not.
The doors opened at 6 p.m. and dinner was served about 7 p.m.
The Dean River Band volunteered their country music sounds for the dancing after dinner and played late into the night.
They had a couple of members who were not available, but being dynamic they filled the seat behind the drums and Dale Tuck volunteered her voice as well.
The Dean River Band is comprised of Joy Holte, Mike Holte, Becky Holte (drums), George Mullins and Chris Smith as the lead singer.
This was a licensed event and at the end of the evening, Amber and Tabitha Thompson, Kim and Brittany Karan operated as designated drivers making certain that everyone got home safely.