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Over half a million dollars was raised by Victoria-based charity Power To Be for local residents with disabilities last week, thanks to the help of over 400 generous donors, including Canadian legend Sarah McLachlan.

On Friday, Victoria’s Power To Be held their inaugural Nature Gala Event, which raised over $550,000 for their Inclusive Adventure Programs, which allows people with disabilities or barriers to enjoy BC’s beautiful outdoors.

Over 400 guests attended the fundraising event, which featured gourmet food, a silent auction, live entertainment, and a musical performance by Grammy and Juno award-winning Canadian singer, Sarah McLachlan.

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“We are so humbled by the generous contributions our supporters have made to ensure everyone in our community has access to nature,” said Dana Hutchings, Power To Be Director of Advancement and Communication in a statement.

“The event was a fantastic success and we are so grateful to everyone who made it possible and who donated to support Power To Be’s programs and mission.”

First launched over 20 years ago in 1998, Power To Be is a non-profit organization that offers inclusive outdoor adventures for people with disabilities or barriers in Victoria and Vancouver.

Many of the organizations projects are aimed towards youth who want to explore BC’s beautiful natural world, like their Wilderness School program that is designed for students in Grades 8 – 10.

Meanwhile, Canadian Music Hall of Famer Sarah McLachlan is no stranger to charitable community causes.

In 2002, she founded a non-profit school of music which provides free top quality music classes in safe environments for at-risk and underserved youth, and her Lilith Fair tour raised over $7 million for local and national charities.

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