Spend a night in Vegas

Vegas themed fundraiser to benefit train station

  • Oct. 4, 2011 6:00 a.m.

The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce is ready for a night of fun and games.

Their Vegas Night, planned for Oct. 22 at the Aggie Hall, will be fitting of an unforgettable, or forgettable, night on the strip.

Dinner will be served in a Vegas-themed food court surrounded by Vegas-style fun, by Elite Casino, with several casino games to light up the night.

But don’t worry about breaking the bank, it’s all for Monopoly money. However money raised from ticket sales and the live and silent auction — and the grand prize of a train trip from Vancouver to Jasper —  will be going towards the estimated $250,000 needed to fix up the old train station off Trans-Canada Highway.

The vision, said Rob Waters, chamber president, is for the building to become the new Visitor Centre/Chamber office and perhaps house some other Ladysmith amenities.

“What we are hoping is that early next year the train is going to get back on the track,” Waters said of VIA Rail passenger service. Money has been pledged by the provincial and federal government to make it happen. A trestle assessment is currently underway.

The facility is owned by the Island Corridor Foundation and the chamber has been in close contact with the group about what has been happening.

Water said they do not know if a lease will be signed through the town and given to the chamber or if the lease will go straight to the chamber.

“To me it’s a great location,” said Waters, noting the highway visibility should pull in some of the traffic zooming by on the highway.

The parking space is greater near the station, said Waters, and there could be a shuttle taking people into town.

And there’s plenty of room for more than the Visitor Centre, said Waters, noting there could be space made available for a small market or other business.

For more information or for tickets to the Vegas Night, please call 250-245-2112.

Just Posted

Ladysmith Cancer survivor not giving up fight

Kim Angell grows from advocate and blogger to the face of national campaign

Foundation being built for the new Chemainus library to become a cornerstone of the community

All the services and amenities in keeping with the modern age

Dave Hutchison knocking down creative barriers to wilderness photography

Island photographer sharing his keys to better pictures at Ladysmith Camera Club session

Port of Nanaimo chairwoman chosen federal Liberal candidate

Michelle Corfield on leave of absence from port authority during potential byelection period

VIDEO: RCMP ask kids to help name soon-to-be police dogs

13 German shepherd puppies will be born this year

Watchdog called after man who yelled racial slurs at B.C. vigil hurt during arrest

BC RCMP say man was ‘acting suspiciously’ at prayer vigil for victims of New Zealand mosque shootings

NDP’s Jagmeet Singh steps into the House of Commons, making history

Burnaby South MP becomes first visible minority to lead a federal party in the House of Commons

Reeling Port Alice about to lose its only bank

Scotiabank branch closure follows latest mill setback, bad for business and the elderly

Simard guilty in Vancouver Island double murder

Convicted of two counts of second-degree murder in 2016 killing of Courtenay couple

Crab poaching under cover of darkness earns 10-year commercial fishing ban, vessel seizure

A Cape Mudge resident involved in poaching dungeness crabs in Vancouver Harbour… Continue reading

‘Considerably large’ tractor tire fell and killed 3-year-old girl on B.C. farm

Delta’s deputy fire chief said crews tried to helicopter girl out after a tractor tire leaning against a barn fell onto her

Nearly 40% of British Columbians not taking their medications correctly: poll

Introduction of legal cannabis could cause more issues for drug interactions

Mining company fined $70,000 after two workers killed in B.C. truck crash

Broda Construction pleaded guilty to failing to provide safe workplace at Cranbrook rock quarry

Most Read