Hot fundraiser will help burned-out couple

When dealing with a devastating fire, Jessica Salo decided to make the temperature rise even more with a hot fundraiser.

When dealing with a devastating fire, Jessica Salo decided to make the temperature rise even more with a hot fundraiser for a family in need.

Salo is a friend of Sheryl and Andrew Wales — a Kye Bay couple who lost their family home in October along with all of their possessions, furniture and keepsakes.

Salo is co-ordinating Luscious Locals in Lingerie — which she dubs is “the hottest house fire fundraiser ever.”

“We really wanted to do something to turn the tragedy around,” she explained. “It’s an idea I’ve had for awhile when trying to figure out how to raise money.”

The fundraiser, scheduled for Dec. 10 at the Elks Hall in Courtenay, is a combination of a lingerie fashion show, a social dancing event and features a raffle, 50/50 draw and a silent auction.

“A lot of this has spread via word of mouth, and it’s great because we’re getting all kinds of people that didn’t previously know each other coming together,” Salo added.

She noted she already has nearly 30 businesses and an equal amount of volunteers for the event, but is looking for more help. She is asking for any businesses who might have access to production equipment including spotlights or a runway along with any businesses who might be interesting in contributing items to contact her.

Salo said 100 per cent of all of the funds raised throughout the evening will be donated to the Wales family, with a goal of raising $5,000.

As there will be a bar service, the event is limited to those 19 years and older.

Salo added the event is “dress to impress. It’s a combination of elegant, tasteful and sexy.”

Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Tickets are available at The Romance Shop, Bop City Records, Retroactive, Art and Soul Tattoo, Electric Playground Fashions, Sure Copy and Vicki Form.

For more information or to donate to the event, contact Salo at 250-218-5708 or e-mail

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