Diamond Dinner to help fill the gaps

For the seventh time in as many years those who attend the annual Diamond Dinner could win the grand prize of a Canadian diamond.

For the seventh time in as many years those who attend the annual Diamond Dinner could win the grand prize of a Canadian diamond.

The dinner, a fundraiser for the Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre, the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Women’s Contact Society, will be held at The Point restaurant Oct. 29.

The event includes a gourmet dinner, auctions and raffles with funds raised going towards initiatives by the three agencies to address violence, homelessness and food security in the city.

Trevor Barnes, executive director of the Canadian Mental Health Association Cariboo Chilcotin Branch, says the funds are shared equally between the three organizations.

For the CMHA’s local branch that means additional funds to help people secure “amenity-type” things that are helpful in assisting individuals who are making the transition from CMHA’s programs to setting up their own residence.

It also might assist in “filling in the food gaps” for people who are living at Jubilee Place.

Barnes says it isn’t so much that there has been an increase in demand for CMHA’s services, rather it’s that frequently the amount of assistance money coming from social assistance or disability allowances is not enough.

Last year the event raised a total of $12,000.  One hundred tickets will be sold to the event for $65 each. Organizers are still accepting items for auction. Some of the Items available on the evening include two B.C. Lions game tickets, tickets for two to two Canucks games, a framed picture, and signed Carey Price items.

To purchase tickets to this event call the Women’s Contact Society at 250-392-4118 or the Child Development Centre at 250-392-4481. To donate items contact the Women’s Contact Society.