Horgan, Nixon at the hop to benefit local food bank

St. John the Divine hosting fundraiser for food bank

Horgan, Nixon at the hop to benefit local food bank

If you have politics running in your blood, don’t miss a unique opportunity to sample the lives of two local political figures and a controversial American president of 40 years ago.

At the May 17 auction and sock hop benefit for the St. John the Divine food bank, place your bid for a tour of the B.C. legislature and lunch at the Legislative Dining Room with newly-minted NDP Leader John Horgan; a walk through Emily Carr’s James Bay neighborhood with Victoria Coun. Pam Madoff; or signed birthday and Christmas greetings and an official White House family photo from Richard Nixon, who resigned in 1974 over the Watergate scandal rather than face impeachment.

Besides the auction, the main attraction at the “Divine” sock hop is dancing – or for non-dancers, listening – to the high-energy music of Rukus, Victoria’s hottest retro rock ’n’ roll band.

Most of the 70-plus auction items at the fifth annual event are more traditional, and some are unique: a signed and framed limited edition print of a yellow warbler by Robert Bateman; dining at Vic’s Steakhouse and other restaurants around town; tickets to a Victoria Harbourcats baseball game, a Victoria Royals hockey game, the IMAX Theatre, the Shakespeare by the Sea festival.

“We’re gratified that so many people and businesses have come forward to support this event, more than ever before,” said food bank coordinator John Sylwester.

“The funds we raise allow us to provide fresh and non-perishable food to thousands of people in downtown Victoria.”

Tickets are $20, advance sale only, available at the church office, 1611 Quadra Street, 250 383-7169.