Christmas cakes raise the dough at Harvest Dinner

Lillooet opened its wallets and its hearts Saturday night to support the Lillooet Hospital Foundation.

More than $27,000 was raised at the 19th annual Harvest Dinner.

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“This community is just amazing,” Foundation president Carol Gallant told the News.

She said the Foundation received approximately $7,000 in cash donations even before the dinner was served and auctioneer Rob Jones went to work.

Popular auction items included a five-pound Christmas cake that went for $850 and a two-and-a-half pound Christmas cake that netted a $500 winning bid.

The entertainment and skits are always a highlight of the Harvest Dinner and this year was no exception. Musical highlights from the 1940s through to today included the iconic World War 2 tune  “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks and Katy Perry.

In honour of Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau’s promise to legalize marijuana, the cheeky local entertainers fired up marijuana joints for a smoke-filled number (with the help of a smoke machine). Gallant hastened to explain that they were “smoking” oregano doobies, not the real thing.

Praising the “incredible” volunteer effort behind this year’s fund-raiser, Gallant said she was pleased to see some younger volunteers – she named Jessica McLellan, Amber McCabe and Alex Reynolds – step to the fore this year.

The amount raised this year is on par with last year when the fund-raising gala raised $26,000 in donations. The T’it’q’et community later topped that up with a $5,000 donation.

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