An evening of generosity and laughter, highlighted by the appearance of a popular Canadian humourist, was held June 22 to benefit families in the Abbotsford community whose children live with special needs. And thanks to the financial generosity of over 600 guests who attended the Rant and Raise with Rick Mercer, those families will continue to access the help they receive from the Fraser Valley Child Development Centre and Matthew’s House.
Comedian and television personality Rick Mercer kept the audience in stitches with 90 minutes of humorous anecdotes and commentary, interspersed with media clips, focused on his love for Canada. His storytelling was filled with the sharp wit and hilarity that all have come to expect from Canada’s “unofficial opposition.”
“What does it mean to be Canadian?” asked Mercer, as he told non-stop stories ranging from childhood anecdotes to his career in journalism and variety of extreme adventures as host of CBC’s The Rick Mercer Report. In support of the evening’s two charities, he said:
“We are such a diverse nation . . . there is a river of generosity that runs through this country. The best is yet to come!”
Those attending were also treated to a reception that included wines provided by Mt. Lehman Winery and appetizers from local restaurants and farms on the Abbotsford Farm Circle Tour. Watching artist Linda Klippenstein create a beautiful, abstract art piece for silent auction was a popular attraction as the guests mingled. Bid winner Mike Lobe was thrilled to take home the colourful resin painting that Klippenstein said she designed to pay “homage to the vibrant voice of Mercer’s rants” and could “also be a piece that can be incorporated into any contemporary environment.”
Five lucky guests also won raffle prize packages with travel themes.
Rant and Raise with Rick Mercer benefitted both Matthew’s House and the Fraser Valley Child Development Centre. These organizations serve families by providing essential care and support to those who are raising children with complex care needs and developmental disabilities.