For 50 years, the Victoria Cool Aid Society has been fighting to end homelessness in the Capital Region.
To celebrate its anniversary and the community’s generosity, Cool Aid is hosting the Homecoming 50th Anniversary Gala at Ship Point on Saturday, May 26.
This isn’t just any gala, though. Cool Aid will be building a ‘Cool Aid House’ under a huge see-through tent, with different rooms for guests to enjoy.
Guests can relax with comfy chairs in the dining room, or enjoy some local beverages and homestyle cooking in the kitchen. There’s also an outdoor patio, and live jazz and Rukus Rock ’n Roll on the dance floor.
“We have created a unique ‘home’ environment on the Inner Harbour, complete with gorgeous views, the sunset and starry night,” said event planner Aidan Henry.
Speeches will be light for the event, with the focus of the evening staying on what Cool Aid’s extensive history with the community, including:
- Slide show of 70 historic photos
- 50 historic photos framed for purchase at $50 each
- A special surprise speaker who goes back to Cool Aid’s founding in 1968
- 50 ways Cool Aid has helped the community, and
- 50 ways the community has helped Cool Aid.
Tickets to the event are $125, which includes food and drink. All proceeds from the evening will go towards Victoria Cool Aid Society’s programs and services for people in the Capital Region.
Last year, the Homecoming Gala raised over $90,000, and this year Cool Aid hopes to surpass $100,000.
They just might do it, too, as event donor Andrew Beckerman will match all donations made at Homecoming up to $25,000.
“If you care about poverty and homelessness in Victoria,” Beckerman said, “come celebrate 50 years of community service with me—and bring your cheque book!”
When: Saturday, May 26, 6:30–10 PM
Where: Ship Point, 812 Wharf St, Victoria
Admission: $125 (includes all food & beverage); register here.