Our 50th Anniversary Gala raised almost $30,000 to support veterans and artistic programming

$20,000 received by Colonel Grant Smith for the 15th Field Artillery Regiment Society to support veterans. The main role of the 15th Field Artillery Regiment is to provide Close Support Artillery with 105mm towed howitzers. The Band of the 15th Field Royal Canadian Artillery is an internationally renowned ensemble that performs in a variety of formations, from concert music to marching band to small chamber ensemble to a dance band.
$2,500 received by Major Ted Hawthorn for the BCR (BC Regiment) to send a veteran to the Battlefield tours in Europe. The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught's Own) is an armored reconnaissance reserve regiment and as such is tasked with providing qualified reconnaissance soldiers to assist the Regular Force in meeting Canada's military commitments.
$6,571 received by Major Graham Brown Executive Director the Rotary Hospice House to support the Rotary Hospice House music therapy program. Part of the funds for this initiative comes from Rotary District Foundation matching grants.
President Ken Whitney conducting at the gala. It is fitting that the Rotary Club of Richmond's 50th Anniversary Gala is a tribute to the Military as President Ken Whitney was a member of the Military Band for most of his career. "I feel deep satisfaction with the way in which Rotary bring courage, strength and hope to individuals and communities around the world. I look forward to the continued role of Rotarians and their quest for "Service Above Self", says President Ken.