Gala dinner celebrates 90 years of history

Reach to host special event to celebrate Abbotsford News' 90th anniversary.

The Reach exhibit Our Communities

The Reach exhibit Our Communities

Celebrate 90 years of local history at a gala dinner set for  Saturday, Sept. 8.

Proceeds from this  event, being held in conjunction with the Abbotsford News’ 90th anniversary, will go to support The Reach Gallery Museum.

The dinner will mark the latest exhibit at The Reach, entitled  Our Communities Our Stories: Making News, Making History.

The show, which  opened in June and runs until Sept. 9, chronicles important events in the history of Abbotsford over the last 90 years and the history of the newspaper.

Visitors can see old newspapers, election campaigns and printing devices as well as a collection of items that help bring the past 90 years to life.

Karina Chow, director of development at the Reach, said the dinner is a great way to close the show. Chow has put together a busy evening of events.

Attendees will enjoy a special dinner created by Chef Michael Dicks of Culinary Touch Catering.

They can also participate in a silent auction, listen to guest speakers, watch a short video presentation and be entertained and inspired by artist Yared Nigussu.

“He specializes in creating artwork in front of your eyes,” said Chow.

Nigussu will create a piece during the evening, which will also be auctioned off.

Chow said less than 50 tickets remain for the event, which is being sponsored by Hank and Elaine Funk, owners of Cap-it.

“The reason I’m involved with the Reach is simple, as an artist and a businessman I know what art did to my company – it grew from one store to 22 stores, from just a few employees to now well over 200. We grew because of our creativity,” said Hank.

Tickets are $125 each or $950 for a table of eight. Businesses can also sponsor one of the nine decades being celebrated.

For more information, visit or call Chow at 604-864-8087 (extension 123) or email