a few laughs, especially when it’s for a great cause. Comox Valley Transition Society (CVTS) has
partnered with PRIME Kitchen + Bar in Courtenay once again to host its second Burger & Beer
Fundraising Event with Silent Auction on Thursday, October 10, 2019. For every $20 meal that is
purchased, PRIME will give $5 to CVTS. The goal is to raise $10,000 from the combined silent
auction, 50/50 draw and meal donations.
“Working with PRIME is such a great opportunity for us,” says Heather Ney, executive director at
CVTS. “The food will be great and so will the silent auction. We’ve received some fantastic
donations from the community and beyond, including a WestJet travel package that includes a
voucher for one roundtrip flight for two guests to any regularly scheduled WestJet destination
with a WestJet Concorde carry-on bag from Packables Travel Solutions, and a 2-night stay at
Tofino’s beautiful Wickininnish Inn.” Many local organizations have donated to the fundraiser,
including Sid Williams Theatre, Vancouver Island Symphony, Kingfisher Oceanside Resort, Trail
Bicycles, 40 Knots Winery, Atlas Cafe and Locals Restaurant, to name a few.
Fundraising is more crucial than ever for CVTS. After fire gutted their social enterprise thrift
store, Too Good To Be Threw, in late January, they have struggled to maintain the programs and
services they offer for free to the community. “It’s been a really difficult year for us,” says
Heather Ney, CVTS executive director. “We’ve been fortunate to re-open two temporary
locations, but even with both stores, we are facing a deficit in the tens of thousands. We’re so
thankful for this partnership with PRIME.”
Over the years, PRIME has led many fundraising efforts to support the community, and Kory
Wagstaff, PRIME’s owner, is equally excited about the partnership and the event. “The
restaurant went through a major transition in September,” says Wagstaff, “and we’re anxious to
showcase our new menu and focus.” The restaurant has stepped away from being a steak house
and adopted more of a fun, social, casual concept with locally sourced meats and produce. “We
found that the restaurant needed to evolve to be able to appeal to people of all ages and food
expectations, which included offering more vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options,”
Wagstaff acknowledged. “We want people talking about the great, locally sourced food, great
service, amazing value, the fact that we are locally owned, and the beautiful building. We want
to see people coming back again and again.”
The fundraiser runs from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. and the Silent Auction closes at 8:00 pm. Tickets are
not required for this event.
More information about the Burger and Beer Fundraising Event can be found online at cvts.ca or
on their Facebook page @CVTSociety.