Former MLA Dave Hayer, Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman, Surrey RCMP Detachment Chief Bill Fordy, Ron Huberman

The inaugural gala fundraiser for Surrey Libraries’ Literacy for Life campaign sold out Saturday, raising more than $80-thousand in much-needed funds for the Library’s literacy programming. The crowd of 300 at the Surrey Soiree was entertained by renowned Canadian jazz artist Denzal Sinclaire, following an elegant dinner al fresco in the Surrey City Centre plaza.

Friends of the library from Coast Capital Savings enjoyed their VIP tent. (photo: Carolyn Jack)

“We’re thrilled by the tremendous community support,” said Surrey Libraries chief librarian Melanie Houlden, “The money raised will contribute significantly to our programs for children and adults who need help with basic literacy. Last year, our programs assisted more than 150-thousand people, and in the year ahead we want to do even more.”

Overview of Surrey City Centre Plaza as guests sit down for Surrey Soiree

Major donors Jas Cheema and former Surrey Libraries chief librarian Beth Barlow were acknowledged for their donations of $10-thousand each to support the Literacy for Life campaign. The Literacy for Life campaign supports Early Literacy, Workplace Literacy, Diversity/Multicultural programming and Read-Ability Services provided by Surrey Libraries.

Vijay & Sonya Kapoor of South Asian Woman Magazine; Ruby Bains of G&F Financial; Mamta Setia; Jas Cheema (photo: Carolyn Jack)

More information about the Soiree – including performer bios and details re catering – may be found at:

Dinner is served: grilled chicken with vegetables, berry cheesecake. Catering by Savoury City.
Staff and Board Trustees of Surrey Libraries celebrate inaugural Surrey Soiree for literacy.
Past Surrey Libraries Board member Sarah Salmond and her father, former Surrey City councillor, Gary Tymuschuk
The Telus “White Carpet” was a popular attraction with guests.
Emcee Fred Lee


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