In the aftermath of the flash flood that wrecked havoc and resulted in millions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses in Cache Creek on May 23, individuals, companies and communities are stepping up to raise money for the victims.
The residents of 100 Mile House and beyond are prime examples of folks providing money through fundraising efforts to help people who are trying to pull their lives back together.
South Cariboo residents can support the cause at a fundraiser in 100 Mile House tomorrow (June 5).
The McGinley Family Troupe, from the Theatre Royal in Barkerville, will perform a Musical Revue benefit for Cache Creek flood victims at Martin Exeter Hall (behind the Red Coach Inn) in 100 Mile House.
Amy Newman and Richard Wright are the principals with Newman & Wright Theatre Company, and this is their 12th year running the popular variety shows and dramas at the Theatre Royal in summer.
Theatre “benefits” have been a tradition in Barkerville since the first days of theatre in the 1860s, Wright notes.
He adds the company is very aware of small town British Columbia, as it has travelled extensively on three spring tours and one summer-long tour in 2008, visiting many small towns in the province.
“When we heard of Cache Creek’s disastrous floods, we realized there was one way we could help,” Wright says.
“We could not pick up shovels, but we could help raise support and funds.”
With the immediate support of Chris Nickless and the 100 Mile House Free Press, he adds the idea came together and all the cast and crew at Theatre Royal jumped on board.
“It is one way we can give back for the support we receive from all those who visit Barkerville.”
Doors open for the Musical Revue and auction at Martin Exeter Hall at 6 p.m. Admission is by cash donation at the door.
The fundraising auction begins at 7 p.m. and Barkerville and 100 Mile House merchants have contributed auction items, and the cast is donating its time, Wright explains.
People wanting to donate an item for the auction, can contact Shelly Morton, South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce executive director, at the Chamber office at 250-395-6124, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Musical Revue begins at 8 p.m., so be prepared to enjoy some great entertainment and help our southern neighbours.
The sponsors are the 100 Mile House Free Press, Barkerville Historic Town, Newman & Wright Theatre Company, the Red Rock Grill, the GOAT, COUNTRY 840 and the District of 100 Mile House.