A new chapel at Tabor Village has been named in memory of Pastor Vern Heidebrecht, who passed away last November.

Tabor Village dinner raises $225,000 for new chapel

Fundraising continues for chapel named in memory of Pastor Vern Heidbrecht

A dinner last Friday resulted in $225,000 being raised for the chapel in the new complex care residence at Tabor Village Centre for Living in Abbotsford.

A total of 150 people gathered for the dinner, raising money towards the $500,000 goal for the chapel, which is named in memory of Pastor Vern Heidebrecht.

Heidebrecht was pastor at Northview Community Church, with his wife Carol, for almost 25 years.

He passed away on Nov. 18, 2018 at the age of 77 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He spent the last four years of his life at the Valhaven location of Tabor Village.

Friends and family paid tribute to Heidebrecht at the dinner.

The evening featured special guests and speakers such as MLA Simon Gibson; musical artist Brian Doerksen and his father, Harry; and others whose lives were impacted by Heidebrecht’s friendship and community service.

Tabor Village is continuing to raise money for the chapel. Donations can be made online at taborvillage.org. (Designate your gift for the Vern Heidebrecht Memorial Chapel.)

All gifts of more than $20 will receive tax receipts and those over $200 receive a free copy of Heidebrecht’s third and final book, The Best is Yet to Be.

Tabor Village announced last October that it had begun a campaign to raise $11 million towards the construction of a new complex-care facility to replace the oldest care facility on its “campus of care.”

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