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Hawaiian evening raising money for Comox Valley Pregnancy Care Centre
Hawaiian Dessert Night has three great things packed into one evening — authentic Hawaiian music, desserts and a fundraiser for a good cause.
Put on by the Comox Valley Pregnancy Care Centre, the evening Feb. 15 will feature well-known Comox Valley-based Hawaiian musician Anela Kahiamoe at the Courtenay Fellowship Baptist Church at 2963 Lake Trail Rd. at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $20, and include entry plus dessert during intermission. They can be picked up at the Comox Valley Pregnancy Care Centre (785 Sixth St. in Courtenay) or at the door of the event.
Pregnancy Care Centre executive director Julie Le Goff looks forward to the evening, noting she feels like she's transported to Maui whenever she hears Kahiamoe perform.
"He is an authentic Hawaiian, one of the last few, and he lives here in the Valley now, and he sings beautiful Hawaiian music," she says.
But, Hawaiian Dessert Night is also very important to the Pregnancy Care Centre in terms of fundraising.
"We depend completely on fundraisers to survive," says Le Goff, noting this is a hard time of year for the centre financially since its main fundraisers are in the summer.
"Fundraising is how we keep our doors open and we don't want to ever have to charge our women for our services — we want everything to be completely free — and so we are dependent on fundraising, and this time of year, especially, is a tight time."
The Pregnancy Care Centre has been serving the Comox Valley since 1991, offering services such as free pregnancy tests, peer options counselling, community referrals, abortion recovery help and support, a miscarriage and infant loss support group, and baby and maternity clothing.