A dance fund-raiser this Saturday will be the first of many events to enable Lake Cowichan Secondary School to construct an outdoor sports court.
“There’s steps to be taken. None of this happens with the school board overnight,” one of the organizers Denise Allen said.
A similar such dance at this time last year raised $1,000 – a number Allen expects will double this year, as this year’s dance has a specific goal. Last year’s funds went to a general fund for the school.
Currently, students walk to the old Stanley Gordon site to use the equipment available up there.
“We would really like to start to use the area down here more,” principal Peter Jory said, of the LCSS’s available area. “It’s a nice central location, but it’s not in very good condition.”
The school district has promised some improvements in the near future to the field, but the addition of a sports court, with funds from the dance and subsequent fund-raisers, would be ideal. The sports court would enable students, and members of the public, to play basketball, street hockey, and other such activities.
“It will take us a while to put that together,” Jory said, of the sports court. “The dance would get us off to a good start.”
Rock cover group Row of Crowz will perform, as they did during last year’s dance.
In fact, last year’s dance was the last time they performed, making this a sort of annual get-together for the band.
Lake Cowichan singer Sandy McKenzie fronts the band, with the remaining three members hailing from Duncan. The group has been together for the past 18 years.
“We enjoy playing,” McKenzie said. “We don’t play often, but when we do we have a good time.”
An impressive light show, courtesy of Duncan man Gord Bigham, will add to the show, McKenzie said. “When we play, we put on a good production,” he said.
Tickets are available at the door, or beforehand at Lake Cowichan Chiropractic, Link Hair Salon, and Copper Lane. Tickets are $15 each, or $25 for two.
The dance will take place from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday, February 12. Only those age 19 and over will be admitted.