Fruitvale winter carnival aimed to support children’s charity

On Saturday, Beaver Valley Lanes will host its first Fruitvale Variety Winter Carnival from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Fruitvale is getting the ball rolling for children’s charity.

On Saturday, Beaver Valley Lanes will host its first Fruitvale Variety Winter Carnival  from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The event is part of the B.C. bowling community’s two-month-long fundraiser in support of Variety-The Children’s charity.

“Beaver Valley Lanes has been involved for years with Bowl BC and their annual fundraiser for Variety,” said Kris MacGillivray, manager of BV Lanes.

“This year I wanted to go one step further and involve the community.”

Last year, BV Lanes raised $2600, and this year MacGillivray is hoping to strike her $3000 goal.

Taking advantage of the frosty climate, MacGillivray has built a few lanes outside the bowling alley and is inviting the community to bowl for Variety.

The pins will be frozen two litre bottles of ice and the balls are also made of ice, said MacGillivray.

Other activities planned for the fun-filled day include shots on goal, music by Freaky Frog, face painting and a BBQ fest donated by the rotary.

The idea was a hit with Patricia Cecchini, mayor of Fruitvale and co-host of the event.

“This gives the community something to celebrate in January,” she said.

Bowl BC has been involved in Variety-The Children’s Charity for 27 years and has raised over 2.5 million dollars through all the bowling lanes in BC.

Variety-The Children’s Charity raises funds and distributes grants throughout BC to help children with special needs.