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Although they can get behind anything, the Troutsmen try to focus on local events.
"When we pick events, we're looking for things that are local and leisurely, things in Sea to Sky that bring enjoyment to the people here," says Steckman. "For example, sending locals kids to camp where they can enjoy recreational activity. Or the Whistler Adaptive Sport Program, which is all about bringing recreation to people with disabilities."
The Troutsmen will also answer the call in other situations. For example, their involvement in the fashion show and WAG fundraiser was in response to the story of dog culling by a local dogsled operator, and the Troutsmen's desire to do something positive for dogs to counteract all the negative publicity that Whistler has received. As for Japan, a number of Troutsmen work at local sushi restaurants and list Sushi Village as a core sponsor, along with Black's Pub and Moguls.
For more information:
Troutsmen on the web: www.troutsmen.org
Troutsmen on Facebook: Look up "Friends of the Troutsmen"
Troutsmen on Twitter: @Troutsmen
La Illuminacion Fashion Show
What: A fashion show by Zombie Love creators Angela Cooney and Lara Cooney, produced by Andrea Cooney. Following the show there will be a live performance by Small Town DJs.
When: Saturday, Mar. 26, from 8:30 p.m.
Where: The GLC
Tickets: $20 for the fashion show and after-party with Small Town DJs. All proceeds go to WAG.
Japan Relief Community Fundraisers
What: Whistler's sushi restaurants and Teppan Village are coming together to host a fundraiser with a flea market, raffle, life music, live painting and more.
When & Where: Sunday, Mar. 27. Flea market is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Myrtle Philip. The main event is from 7 p.m. onwards at the Hilton Resort and Spa.
Tickets: Minimum $10 donation at the door, all proceeds going towards relief organizations working in Japan.
Sushi Village Japan Earthquake Fundraiser
What: VIP lounge at Sushi Village with live music.
When and Where: Tuesday, Mar. 29 at 9 p.m., Sushi Village.
Tickets: $50 including dinner, all proceeds going towards relief organizations working in Japan. This event is limited to 70 people and is selling fast. Call Sushi Village at 604-932-3330 to book your spot.