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Age is just a number: A night of fun in New West in support of B.C. seniors

Join the fight against seniors’ homelessness at this New West-based society's biggest annual fundraiser.
The Seniors Services Society is holding its Age is Just a Number gala on Sept. 28 at Roma Hall.

The Seniors Services Society of BC is getting set to celebrate and support seniors in the community.

After a three-year hiatus, the New West-based society is thrilled with the return of its annual fundraising gala, Age is Just a Number. The eighth gala event is on Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Roma Hall in Queensborough.

Nipa Bhalla, resource development officer at the Seniors Services Society, said the society is pleased that the New Westminster community can once again gather for the society’s main fundraising event. Peter Legge, former CEO of Canada Wide Media Limited and a prominent New Westminster-born speaker, author and community leader, will MC the event. 

“The gala will feature a silent and live auction, dinner and entertainment, and is a great opportunity to mingle with seniors, local leaders, and friends while supporting a crucial cause,” she said. “By attending, you're not only having a good time but also contributing to combating homelessness and promoting positive aging.”

A notice from the society said the event serves as a powerful platform to support its vital services that combat homelessness. Its services include outreach support, housing information and referral, grocery shopping and delivery, digital literacy training, and more.

“The funds raised sustain ongoing programs such as temporary housing, meal delivery, medical transport, support calls and form-filling and enable the expansion of services for homeless and at-risk seniors,” Bhalla said in an email to the Record. “Your participation directly impacts the quality of life for seniors in our community.”

According to the society, past events grown in popularity and have attracted a diverse audience of more than 200 attendees.

“Together, we unite to champion a common cause and make a tangible difference in the lives of seniors within our community,” said the society’s notice. “The support garnered from this gala is indispensable, not only in sustaining our existing services but also in expanding our reach to provide even more comprehensive support to homeless and at-risk seniors.”

By participating in the fundraising gala, the society said attendees contribute directly to essential services that impact the lives of seniors in New West and beyond. It’s the only agency in Metro Vancouver dedicated exclusively to helping homeless and at-risk seniors.

“Our collaborative efforts span across all levels of government, community organizations, and local businesses, forming a powerful network that offers safety and support to seniors who are grappling with poverty, isolation, and homelessness,” said the society’s notice. “Our comprehensive programs and services cater to adults aged 60 and above, encompassing essential support such as housing navigation, meals delivery, grocery shopping assistance, medical transportation, support calls, and assistance with form and tax completion.”

Tickets for this year’s event are $100 or $800 for a table of eight that includes a name and logo. People can support the Seniors Services Society by purchasing tickets to the gala, sponsoring the event or donating a silent auction item.

For more information, contact Nipa Bhalla at [email protected].