Hope residents and local businesses came together for a good time and raised nearly $7,000 for those displaced by the Lytton fire. (Submitted by Pauline Newbigging)

Hope residents and local businesses came together for a good time and raised nearly $7,000 for those displaced by the Lytton fire. (Submitted by Pauline Newbigging)

Hope residents and businesses raise nearly $7,000 for Lytton fire victims

With live music, good food, and locally-made art, Hopians came together in support of Lytton

With the Lytton fire victims in their hearts and minds, Hope citizens and businesses alike came together for a good time, and by the end of the evening, nearly $7,000 had been raised.

Hosted at M/E Construction on July 16, the event had live music courtesy of Dog Daze, the Riemer Food Truck was also parked at the shindig, and a young family sold their painted rocks for a donation towards the cause.

“There was so much support from the locals, businesses and non-businesses,” said Pauline Newbigging, store manager of Hope’s Buy Low Foods. “It was a great, successful night.”

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All money raised was tallied through Buy Low’s cash registers, and in addition to all the locals who showed up money in hand, local businesses Kelton Construction, Hope Ready Mix, King Pin Bar, Andy Tepasse, Spa 6, Bon Graham, Tap and Tank Plumbing, Valley Helicopters, Canex, Sailor and Dames Tattoo Parlour, and Rona all stepped up to give to the cause.

At the end of the night, a total of $6,990 was raised for the victims of the Lytton forest fire, which is still burning, more than three weeks after it was started and blazed through Lytton, destroying more than 90 per cent of the community.

For anyone wanting to make a donation, Newbigging says Buy Low Foods is still accepting donations at their registers.


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