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Harrison Mills Regional Association hosts a burger & beer night at the Sasquatch Inn

It’s not too often you get to go out for a date night and support a good cause at the same time. But this Saturday, you can do just that.

The Harrison Mills Regional Association (HMRA) is hosting a burger & beer night this Saturday, Feb. 28 to raise money for the association and for future events. The HMRA has had just a few fundraisers since its inception just over four years ago. HMRA President Al Roberts says they don’t want to always be asking the FVRD for money to cover the association (through grant-in-aids).

The HMRA is a grassroots, nonpartisan organization. Their mandate is to improve the quality of life for all residents and visitors, and to facilitate co-operation and communication in all matters of mutual interest among stakeholders in the Harrison Mills area.

A small portion of the money will go towards minimal ongoing expenses for the HMRA, including website maintenance and insurance. But most of the money will be used for social events for the Harrison Mills community.

“The money will be put towards a benefit to all the community,” says Roberts. “This is one of the things we’ve wanted to do for quite some time, to have more social events going on.”

Joyce McGuff is a fairly new resident to the Harrison Mills community. She met up with HMRA members and expressed interest in helping organize social events within the community. Naturally, the HMRA jumped at the offer of help.

“My focus would be to have some community events, to get to know people and get some recreation going for the community,” says McGuff.

She is going to use the burger and beer night to not only raise funds for social events, but to seek interest from other locals who want to see more social gatherings and to solicit ideas. Some of McDuff’s initial thoughts for events include games nights or dinner & dances.

HMRA director Gary Shanklin is organizing the fundraiser. Roberts is grateful for locals like Shanklin and McGuff who step up and volunteer to make the community a better place to live.

The burger & beer night happens at the Sasquatch Inn Feb. 28. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 and prizes. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Harrison Mills Hall, the Sasquatch Inn Liquor store or contact Al Roberts at 604-796-2372.