Surrey, BC – Imagine, masked men and women embarking on an evening of fantastical fun and lively music in November, all to support those in need in the community. For 22-year-old Felicia Rafael, of Beneath One Sky Community Support Society, that idea is one step closer to reality.
On November 7th, 2014 Beneath One Sky invites the community to join them at the Moonlight Masquerade.
“How often can we say we put on a mask to support those in need?” said Rafael, Co-Founder and current President of the grassroots non-profit. “We want the Moonlight Masquerade to be a fun evening which also serves to raise funds for marginalized populations in our local and global communities.”
Beneath One Sky has been supporting the poor through voluntary efforts and fundraising events for over five years. From 2009 to 2012, Beneath One Sky ran an annual benefit concert to raise money to build houses for the poor in the Philippines through ANCOP (Answering the Cry of the Poor) Canada. Between these annual fundraising events, the organization regularly supports the community locally, be it volunteering at soup kitchens or hosting their own outreach events called “Backpack Runs”.
“During our monthly Backpack Runs, we take groups of volunteers to Vancouver’s Downtown East Side to distribute basic necessities such as food, clothing and toiletries to the less fortunate,” explained Caitlin Sousa, Beneath One Sky Co-Founder and Backpack Run Leader, “We also take the opportunity to listen to the stories of those we assist so that we can gain a better understanding of what it means to live in poverty.”
After a short hiatus from planning benefit concerts, Beneath One Sky decided it was time to start fresh with a new event. Funds raised from this year’s Moonlight Masquerade will support the Backpack Run program and two additional charitable partners: ANCOP Canada and SOS Children’s Village BC.
“We love supporting ANCOP Canada to help build homes for the poor in the Philippines. The program was the starting block for our little group and our philanthropic efforts,” said Rafael, “However this year with a new fundraising idea, we also wanted to support a local charity as well. That’s why we decided to contact the SOS Children’s Village BC.”
SOS Children’s Village BC is the charitable organization that fundraises and manages the only Canadian SOS Village which is in Surrey, supporting foster children in our province. They also support youth aging out of foster care with their Transition to Adulthood Program.
While a masquerade is an exciting activity to organize, Rafael adds that the event could not be possible without help. “Support from the community makes an event like this feasible, especially for a small group with a limited budget like ours. Aru Spa, Happy Planet, and Kidd Bros. are just a few of the amazing sponsors we’ve been so thankful have support the event so far.”
The Moonlight Masquerade takes place Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 7:00pm at Surrey City Hall (13450 104 Avenue). Tickets must be purchased in advance as no tickets will be sold at the door. More information can be found at www.themoonlightmasquerade.com.