Around Town at Richmond Centre for Disability’s gala

Temperatures rose when Elvis hit the stage at the Richmond Centre for Disability’s annual fundraising gala at River Rock Casino Resort last Saturday evening.

“The atmosphere was electric,” said Ella Huang, the executive director of the Richmond Centre for Disability and the organizer of the event.

There were 199 guests at the gala, which raised approximately $20,000 for the centre.

“It went beyond our expectations,” Huang said.

Guests enjoyed a buffet dinner and a performance by the Elvis tribute band Darren Lee and the Memphis Flash.

“I think it was a great performance,” Huang said.  “[Lee] really knows how to work the crowd.”

The show was definitely a crowd-pleaser, enticing many guest to get up on the dance floor after dinner and dance the night away.

The success of the gala is important to the centre as it is the only fundraising event they put on each year.

“The proceeds of the gala mean a lot to the programs we provide to our members,” Huang said.

Without the money from the gala the centre would have a difficult time providing services and programs to the community on a fulltime basis, according to Huang.


Amanda Oye covers the social scene for The Richmond Review. Her column appears every Wednesday. She may be reached at

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