A Valentine’s Day market has been confirmed to be a scam after trying to use the Eagles’ good name.
That being said, the Eagles said you can still enjoy a craft market, one that is actually hosted by them, on the third Sunday of every month.
“We have a wonderful volunteer who is organizing it, (Darlene Butterfield Boucher),” said Kay Boutin, a member of the club. “She is fantastic. She’s going through all this effort and all this work to organize it.
“All the proceeds from (our) events are donated to local charities and organizations in Hope that qualify under the gaming rules. It all goes back to the community. And that’s our mission, to serve the community.”
In a now-deleted post made in early January on the Hope B.C. Bulletin Board Facebook group, an ad was posted for a Valentine’s Day market with claims that it was being hosted by the Eagles. The ad also claimed that the market, which was taking place from Feb. 10 to Feb. 11, would have games, a petting zoo, and face painting.
According to Boutin, the Eagles first learned of the scam when one of its members reported the market to Boutin after seeing the ad. This was then followed by Boutin receiving a message from a vendor asking where to send money in order to register for the market.
“I told her that it was a scam,” Boutin said. “And the poster (advertising the fake market) was sent to me by one of our members, and we verified that it was it was a scam.”
Boutin confirmed that, typically, the Eagles do not host petting zoos or face painting. She also said the Eagles generally don’t ask people to pay upfront over the internet.
Thankfully, while the Valentines Day market is fake, Boutin said that the Eagles are hosting a crafting market on Feb. 18 — their first one of the year — with plans to host future markets every third Sunday of the month. Starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m., everyone is welcome to attend the free event, browse the various craft and baked goods, and do some shopping. The market is also always looking for vendors. Tables cost $10 for non-Eagle members and $5 for Eagle members. A breakfast and lunch is also available during the event, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (breakfast) and 11:30 a.m. (lunch).
“We have a really nice venue available with really nice facilities,” Boutin said. “Bring your stuff and be ready to sell and for people that are shopping, come on in, check it out, and be prepared to have a really good experience. We’re hoping to make a fun, and I guess profitable event for the vendors. And a fun event for the community.
“Our motto is ‘people helping people.’ And as a not-for-profit organization, we offer these different events at really good prices for people. And I can’t say enough good things about the Eagles. They have a core group of volunteers that really put their heart and soul into organizing and managing these events. And distributing the proceeds to the local charities.”