The BCHF helps workers reach funding Milestone

The BCHF helps workers reach funding Milestone

The BC Hospitality Foundation is pleased to be supporting two fundraisers this month for workers at Milestones Restaurants in British Columbia.

Langley: Wednesday, January 27, Luke and Angelica Surviving Cancer Fundraiser

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Luke Rawick holds his new bride Angelica in 2015.

On Wednesday, January 27 (5:30-8:30pm) at Milestones in Langley (20075 Langley Bypass), the BCHF is matching funds raised up to $7500 for Luke Rawick, a young line cook who was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer. Advance tickets are available for $20 at the Langley location, via Eventbrite, or at the door on event day. The ticket price includes a Milestones Prime Rib (or veggie) burger and beer, with full proceeds to help Luke as he battles this disease. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 draw, and a live peformance from the talented alternative rock band Her Brothers. For more information and to resererve your table, call 604-514-9000. For those who cannot attend the event but would like to donate, visit Luke’s GoFundMe page.

With the generosity of his friends, family, coworkers and his industry, the goal is to turn that $7500 into at least $15,000.

Luke, 21, married his sweetheart Angelica just one month ago, when a lump was discovered, leading to a cancer diagnosis that showed the disease had already spread to multiple parts of his body. He is currently undergoing aggressive chemotherapy treatment and will be unable to work for several months.

Richard Hilliard, GM of Milestones Langley says, “For the past three years, Luke has dedicated himself to our store and to all the staff that work here. He’s part of our family. He and his brother worked here. We’ve seen Luke grow and develop and we’re shocked and saddened about his condition, especially as he’s been recently married. It has really driven our need to help him and his wife get past this without worrying about their bills.”

Coquitlam: Sunday, January 31, Jean Moulton Fundraiser

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Tina Veccies (friend), Surinder Brar (owner, Milestones Coquitlam), Chris Bradburn (Milestones Restaurants) present Jean Moulton (seated) with a cheque for $7800 in 2015.

On Sunday, January 31 (7:00-10:00pm) at Milestones in Coquitlam (2745 Barnet Highway), a fundraiser is being held for Jean Moulton, a veteran hospitality worker before experiencing two blood clots that resulted in the amputation of her left arm and right leg above the knee in 2015. Funds raised will help Jean purchase much-needed mobility equipment. Just 100 advance tickets are available for $25 exclusively at the Coquitlam location or at the door on the 31st. The ticket price will again include a burger and beer, with the full proceeds to support Jean in her recovery. A silent auction and 50/50 draw will add excitement to the evening. For more information and to resererve your table, call 604-552-7983.

This past December, the BC Hospitality Foundation presented Jean with a cheque for $7800.00 to help her cover costs associated with her rehabilitation.

Presently single and living on her own with her faithful Corgi Sadie, Jean was working at Milestones Coquitlam and two other restaurants just to make ends meet. According to Cheryl Klause, GM of Milestones Coquitlam, “Jean is big-hearted and well-loved not only with the store, but within the local community, and it is expected that her community will respond in kind.” Jean’s brother, Ed, shared that she was the kind of person who gave her life to the food industry and her colleagues at each place she worked. He said “she even took a day off for a new employee, who needed help moving. He was new to the area and didn’t know anyone, but Jean sacrificed a day of wages to help him get settled. That’s just the kind of person she is.”

The BCHF is grateful to those that support either of these worthy fundraisers as we continue to work together to help our own.