Bernadette Maguire (centre) of Sequel Events recently visited Matthew’s House with Alan Cavin, director of resource development and Laura Ullock, resource development assistant. Maguire is organizing a fundaiser for Matthew’s House. Angelika Dawson photo

Galentine’s Day raises funds for Matthew’s House in Abbotsford

Women-only event on Feb. 13 at The Reach Gallery Museum

Tickets are now available for a unique fundraising event being held next month in support of Matthew’s House in Abbotsford.

The Galentine’s Day – Starry Night is a black-tie, women-only affair coming to The Reach Gallery Museum on Feb. 13.

The event is intended to give women of influence an opportunity to support a charity right in their community, with the goal of raising $10,000 for Matthew’s House.

“We want to celebrate the amazing women around us and use this opportunity to do good,” says organizer Bernadette Maguire of Sequel Events.

“We know that people will be eager to celebrate with us and support Matthew’s House.”

Matthew’s House supports families by providing quality care for children who live with complex care needs.

Maguire had the opportunity to tour Matthew’s House when it first opened four years ago and is moved by the stories that show how valuable this care is to the families who need it.

When she began planning the Galentine’s Day event, Matthew’s House immediately came to mind as a focus for this fundraiser.

“I wanted to connect women in business, many of whom have families of their own, with something close to the community that we live in,” she says. “Matthew’s House was a perfect fit.”

The Galentine’s Day event includes speakers such as: Tara Teng, Miss World Canada 2012 who now works as a birth doula and a human rights activist; Jenna Liesch, pastor’s wife and stay-at-home mom who blogs about her family’s life, including their incredible journey with their youngest child, who was born prematurely; Laura Ullock, resource development assistant to Matthew’s House; and Emcees Jody Belanger and Kyla Getty, the editors of I Like Her Style Vancouver, a media movement to celebrate and inspire dynamic women living in the Lower Mainland.

The event also includes wine and appetizers, live music and a silent auction.

Tickets are available online at

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