Envision Financial Bandstand Birthday Bash
Held on June 14th, 2014
June 14th, 2014 was a special celebration day for the Maple Ridge Concert Band. On this day, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the building of our beautiful bandstand in downtown Maple Ridge! The Maple Ridge Concert Band built this bandstand in 1994 from donated funds and materials from within the Maple Ridge community. Ringing the bandstand base are numerous brass plaques celebrating many of the larger donors who helped to make the creation of this bandstand a reality. Visit the bandstand to see the many brass plaques around the base.
The Envision Financial Bandstand Birthday Bash was a day of performances in the Memorial Peace Park featuring concert bands, jazz bands, singers, dancers, actors, and even a wedding! Yes, during the Envision Financial Bandstand Birthday Bash, two band members were married in a special ceremony on the bandstand! This day harkens back to the opening of the bandstand in June of 1994 when George Price, one of the key fundraising organizers was also married on the bandstand that he helped build. Check out the video from CTV news below which shows the opening ceremony, and also a clip from the wedding!
“To me, it’s so much more than just a beautiful bandstand,” said Avi Kay, manager of title sponsor, Envision Financial’s Ridge Meadows branch. “It’s a symbol representing 20 years of artistic vibrance in this great city. Maple Ridge supports the arts, and this an important community space that brings people together. Envision Financial is really looking forward to partnering with the Maple Ridge Concert Band for the bandstand’s Birthday Bash celebration—it’s going to be a fantastic family event!”
Photos from the big day courtesy of Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Times...
Mayor Daykin addresses the crowd at the Opening Ceremony.
A beautiful wedding took place on the Bandstand during the Birthday Bash.
Envision Financial Bandstand Birthday Bash Schedule
Below are the two performance schedules for the Main Stage (on the left) and the Haney Rotary Stage (on the right) that took place on June 14, 2014. (Click on each page for larger versions).
CTV Video From the Inauguration of the Bandstand in 1994
Local News Articles
Article by Troy Landreville of The Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Times:
Phil Melnychuk's article about the wedding held at the Envision Bandstand Birthday Bash on June 14, 2014 (Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows News):
Poster promoting the Envision Financial Bandstand Birthday Bash
The Envision Financial Bandstand Birthday Bash would not have been so successful without the generous support of our title sponsor, Envision Financial.
Envision Financial is a division of First West Credit Union, B.C.'s third-largest credit union, with 39 branches and 28 insurance offices throughout the province operating under the Envision Financial, Valley First and Enderby & District Financial brands. Led by Launi Skinner, First West has $7.7 billion in assets under administration, more than 177,000 members and close to 1,300 employees. For its extensive community involvement, Envision Financial is designated a Caring Company by Imagine Canada. The Full Cupboard is Envision Financial’s community program designed to raise food, funds and awareness for local food banks. Through this innovative program, Envision Financial has committed to raising a minimum of $1 million for local food banks over the next 10 years.