Brian Minter coming to Vanderhoof – Community Foundation fundraising event for endowment

Directors promote pie smashing and gardening

Brian Minter Photo submitted Photo submitted

After introducing the Vanderhoof Community Foundation (VCF) on their Facebook page earlier in June, the first official public event was at the 2017 Fall Fair. Four of the directors, Ray LeMoigne, Glenda Olson, Ruth McIntosh and Rosalie Nichiporuk, represented the Foundation manning a booth set up at the 2017 Nechako Valley Exhibition. This was the first official public point of contact where citizens got to see the logo on the banner and learn what the Foundation is all about. Other VCF directors include: Ken Simon, Jody Pedersen, Ron Atkins, Roy Spooner and Kathie LaForge.

Pie eating and throwing contest

At the fall Fair VCF put on a pie eating competition and an auction to mush a pie in the face of courageous volunteer citizens. It was certainly a most entertaining way to raise funds for Vanderhoof!

“The event was intended to give us an opportunity at the Fall Fair to start to build greater awareness of this Foundation which is building an endowment fund to support community initiatives and charitable events,” said VCF founding Director Ray LeMoigne.

“We had 20 participants representing a couple of 4-H groups, the Vikings Football team, Vanderhoof Children’s Theatre and the Omineca Medical Clinic doctors and staff. Maybe next year we’ll get more teams and some other well known folks from our community to join in the fun for a good cause,” said LeMoigne.

“Thank you to the participants in both the pie eating and pie throwing contests, and thank you to those that bid on the pies and helped us put a few dollars in our coffers.”

Gardening expert in town Oct 14

Next up on the Foundation’s calendar of events is a gardening event featuring none other than the Master Gardener Brian Minter, from Minter Country Garden Ltd. in Chilliwack and a regular feature on CBC Almanac.

It will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the Nechako Valley Senior Secondary School Auditorium (Nechako Valley Integris Community Theatre).

Brian’s presentation “Exciting New Trends in the Changing World of Gardens”, will be followed by a refreshment break and then he will be available to answer your gardening questions like he has done for many years on CBC. It will be a unique opportunity to tap into Brian’s vast knowledge and learn more about plants, trees, shrubs and flowers and the unique growing conditions in British Columbia.

The ticket price is $24.00

Tickets for limited seating are available at the following locations:

Wallace Studios, in Vanderhoof, The Window Box in Fort St. James, Par 3 Sports in Motion in Fraser Lake and Books &Company in Prince George.

Sponsors for this event include: Four Rivers Co-Op, Jim’s Your Independent Grocer’s Garden Centre, Atkins Greenhouse, Maxine’s Greenhouse, Little Green Thumb Greenhouse and Lepoidivin’s Greenhouse. Thank you to these generous local businesses. Event proceeds will be invested in the endowment fund.


Fun for all at the VCF fundraiser pie eating and pie throwing contests at the Fall Fair Photos Fiona Maureen

Fun for all at the VCF fundraiser pie eating and pie throwing contests at the Fall Fair Photos Fiona Maureen

Fun for all at the VCF fundraiser pie eating and pie throwing contests at the Fall Fair Photos Fiona Maureen

Fun for all at the VCF fundraiser pie eating and pie throwing contests at the Fall Fair Photos Fiona Maureen

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