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Ignite a Dream event aids youth

Event at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre raises $30,000 for Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society.

Hundreds of people came together at Semiahmoo Shopping Centre Saturday night in support of the Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society’s Ignite a Dream program.

The formal evening – which included music, wine and beer tasting, and food from local restaurants – drew close to 500 people and raised an estimated $30,000 for the Ignite program.

“We had 450 wine glasses and we ran out – we had to go get some more, so we know we had at least that many people,” said Jeri Cox,  marketing manager for Semiahmoo Shopping Centre.

“It was a terrific evening, just fantastic.”

The Ignite a Dream program aims to provide underprivileged children throughout Surrey with educational opportunities.

Saturday’s cocktail soiree was third annual, and featured 32 different vintners, five craft-beer tastings and food from 16 restaurants.

For more on the Ignite a Dream program, visit

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