Unique oportunity

Parksville business on the beach opens doors to area charitable groups

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From left

Parksville beach was teeming with people last weekend, and local Fraternal Order of Eagles, ladies auxiliary  took advantage by selling popcorn, cotton candy and other sweet treats to raise money for charity.

The Beachside Grille concession initiated the fundraiser to help out the non-profit, providing everything except the chairs and the volunteers.

Barb Hooper from the Beachside Grille said they do it for the good of the community.

“This is a very unique fundraising opportunity we dreamt up and initiated so that we could be more involved in our neighborhood and to give back to the non-profit groups that help to build our communities and bring us all closer together,” she said.

This was the second time the Fraternal Order of Eagles have been invited to come set up next to the Beachside Grille, last year making about $700.

Gail Kapusta, president of the local Fraternal Order of Eagles, ladies auxiliary, said the group raises money for a number of local organizations, and are focusing on raising money for Autism, Haven House, Special Olympics Oceanside, Nanoose Bay Community Cupboard and Arrowsmith Search and Rescue this year.

The Beachside Grille has also helped the Ravensong Waterdancers, the Qualicum Beach Lawn Bowling Club and the Ballenas girls basketball team raise money over the past couple of months.