Great bands, great food and great beer are all on tap at the third annual Cheers for Children next month in Ladner.
Hosted by Four Winds Brewing Co. in support of Reach Child and Youth Development Society, the third annual fundraiser takes place on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 6 to 11 p.m. at Harris Barn (4140 Arthur Dr.).
Music will be from Star Captains, Olin Brix and A2Z.
“Star Captains is our headliner. Their lead singer Narai is from Tsawwassen and is one of my best friends and she loves being involved in the community,” said Adam Mills from Four Winds. “They will bring a soul/R&B/jazz vibe and that is the music vibe for the whole night. Every year we want to bring something different musically. We’re excited about it.”
Along with a selection of Four Winds beers, the event will also feature brews from Luppolo Brewing Company, Strange Fellows Brewing and House of Funk Brewing Co. as well as cider from Greenhill Cider. A number of non-alcoholic options will also be available.
There will also be a 50/50 draw and a series of prize draws with the grand prize of two nights at the Georgian Court Hotel with tickets to the Feb. 22 Canucks/Bruins game. Organizers ask that you bring cash to make additional food and drink purchases and for the 50/50 draw.
“In our first year we met our initial expectations and now heading into year three we see the growth,” said Mills. “I think we have exceeded expectations, but we still think this event can be even bigger in the future. We love it. It’s a great community event. It’s also very fulfilling for us because not only are we doing it for a great cause, but we are hosting an event that I feel doesn’t happen in our community very often, so it’s exciting and different for our community.”
Alison Martin and Kristin Bibbs from Reach are thrilled that Four Winds and so many community sponsors are getting together to put on the event.
“It means so much to us,” said Martin. “In the last two years it has raised $34,000, but it also allows us to build awareness among a younger population because young families, the earlier they can find out and ask questions, the better.”
It is a 19-plus event, so no minors will be allowed on the premises. Also, because Harris Barn is on municipal property, there is no smoking allowed.
Four Winds has a slightly different tiered ticket system this year. A $50 ticket (plus fees) includes entrance and two beverages, while $60 tickets include entrance, two beverages and a choice of a meat or veggie burrito courtesy of the talented chefs from Four Winds.
There will be a post-event shuttle offered with stops in Ladner/Bridgeport and Tsawwassen. Those wishing to use the shuttle need to register when they arrive for the night as it is first-come, first-serve. The first shuttle will leave at 10:40 p.m. from Harris Barn.
Tickets are on sale now and selling fast. Tickets are available online through Event Brite and also at the Four Winds tasting room for a limited time.