The Rotary Club of Coquitlam is looking to turn one night's worth of food, drink and revelry into an accessible play park for children at Blue Mountain Park.
The local service club will host a fundraiser called Lobsterfest on Saturday, Oct. 27, and the proceeds from the evening's event - raffle draws, silent auctions and more - will be spread across the community, and abroad as well.
On the top of the group's to-do list is to help finance an accessible play area at Blue Mountain Park, but their philanthropic reach extends even further.
The club's president-elect, Harry Tubbs, said the group is also hoping to subsidize a water project in Thailand, as well as a children's project in South Africa.
Closer to home, the group also helps out with Operation Red Nose, donates food to the SHARE food bank, provides bursaries for graduating high school students and helps subsidize stays at Camp Jubilee.
Though the event was previously held under the banner of Italian Night, it underwent a re-branding of sorts two years ago and took on its current incarnation.
With the name change came a decidedly more maritime feel, and the Oct. 27 event will feature opportunities to kiss the cod and "get screeched in."
"You can come in and kiss the cod and get screeched in as an official Newfoundlander, but I'm not sure how you do that in Coquitlam, B.C.," Tubbs joked.
Along with that maritime feel come maritime sounds courtesy of the band Halifax Wharf Rats, while other entertainment will be provided by ventriloquist - and Canada's Got Talent semifinalist - Norma McKnight and magician Stephen Kaplan.
Some of the prizes offered through the silent auction and via raffle draws will include a car-detailing package, golf packages from the Vancouver Golf Club, bottles of wine, household items and Vancouver Canucks tickets - if an NHL season happens.
Slated to kick off with doors opening at 6 p.m., Lobsterfest gets going in earnest with dinner at 7 p.m. at the All Saints Hall, located at 1405 Como Lake Ave. in Coquitlam.
The event is nearly sold out, though remaining tickets can be purchased for $75 (a $25 tax receipt will be issued) by calling Catherine at 604-377-7233.