Superstar names rocked Of The Vine
By Kyla Corpuz
Luisa Marshall, celebrity impersonator, turned some big wheels as Tina Turner. Many flocked to the stage to boogie down.
FORT ST. JOHN – The Association for Community Living held its major fundraiser, Of The Vine, on Oct. 15.
Though the association is partially funded, it still needs support to fund its mobility and communication sector, and bringing about a tasteful event was the perfect way to do so.
“Fort St. John needed a classy event … it started about six years ago,” said Cory Goodwin, ACL special projects coordinator, about Of The Vine.
“The work that the [ACL] does is essential to the Fort St. John community,” said Barb Daley, who co-emceed the evening with her husband Brian Daley.
“This association enriches the lives of others. I really respect the work that they do — it’s an honour and privilege to assist for this association,” said Brian.
The couple has donated their time as emcees at Of The Vine for the past four years.
“It’s about renewing old friends and making new friends,” said Brian.
Attendees gathered at The Lido. Many of whom were dolled up, ready to induldge in: wine tasting by Cupcakes Vineyard, an arrangement of hors d’oeuvre, a silent and live auction — that drew in thousands of dollars for the ACL and a special performance by celebrity impersonator Luisa Marshall, who changed faces from Lady Gaga to Tina Turner.
By the end of the evening many were on their feet dancing.
Marshall has been involved with the ACL for many years appearing at fundraisers across the province. Her contribution as an entertainer is her way of saying ‘Thank you,’ to those who support the cause.
“I think it’s so important to perform for people who are generous,” said Marshall after the show. “It’s one of the reasons why I do this. When you do something out of the goodness of your heart — especially where you are appreciated, the people who come out to any fundraiser deserve to have fun.”
The ACL in Fort St. John provides support services for those with developmental disabilities in the city and district area.
During council on Oct. 11, the month of October was proclaimed as Community Living Month.
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