Ladysmith’s Royal Canadian Legion Branch 171 office manager Diane West and media officer Di Atherton hope a seafood dinner sells out to help raise funds for much-needed repairs at the Legion on First Avenue.

Fundraiser aims to fix aging legion building

We need upgrades and repair work done all over

Rick StiebelThe Chronicle

A seafood dinner on Saturday, Sept. 24 aims to dig up a few clams to help pay for much-needed repairs to the Ladysmith Legion.

The building has been around since the 1940s and needs much more than a fresh coat of paint, said Diane West, office manager of the Royal Canadian Legion branch 171 on First Avenue.

“We need upgrades and repair work done all over,” she said. “The wiring needs to be replaced and that’s a big ticket item. There’s lots to do.”

Di Atherton, media officer for the branch, said organizers hope that selling all 86 tickets for the seafood dinner will be a good step toward raising enough money to get some work done.

The event also includes a smoked salmon contest where people attending can put their fish up for scrutiny to see which one the judges like best.

The event, which includes a silent auction, gets underway at 6 p.m., and tickets cost $35 per person.

“If you have something of value you’d like to donate to the auction, bring it along,” Atherton said.

Tickets are available at the lounge in the Ladysmith Legion.

The Legion supports many programs in the community and beyond, including the Boys and Girls Club, Ladysmith And Family Friends, the Ladysmith Resource Centre, the B.C. Resource Centre, the Fallen Lake Skating Club and the B.C. Spinal Institute.

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