The inaugural Dancing Under the Stars event to benefit Habitat for Humanity is scheduled for Saturday at Coastal Black Winery.

Salsa to heat up North Island

Habitat for Humanity brings Latin flavor to inaugural Dancing Under the Stars fundraiser at Coastal Black Winery

Coastal Black Winery and Gladstone Brewing Company are teaming up to provide spirits for an event Saturday at Coastal Black Winery to build homes for struggling and hard-working local families.

This is the first year, but certainly not the last, that Habitat for Humanity-Vancouver Island North will organize Dancing Under the Stars, set for June 6 beginning at 7 p.m.

Up to 280 guests will be seated in the Coastal Black Winery barn surrounded by Latin American themed décor, dine on Latin American tapas from Beez Kneez Catering, and enjoy the dynamic sounds of Locarno, the Latin-American pop infusion band from Vancouver.

Karen Bezaire, Communications and Marketing Consultant HFHVIN, wanted to develop a signature yearly event that both communities, Campbell River and Comox Valley, could look forward to; an exciting fundraiser but also an opportunity to give back to Habitat’s supporters, donors and volunteers.

“Once we got started with the planning we were pleasantly surprised to find large dancing communities here in the Valley,” says Bezaire.

The event is more of a production with a headliner band coming from Vancouver. Professional dancers from Victoria’s Val Dance Company will be performing along with some dance instruction for those that would like to learn a few Salsa moves.

“We have tried to focus on the arts; dance, music, and food with a theme centered on Latin America. Building homes is something we are passionate about, but so is building community. This event is not only a fundraiser but a chance to bring two communities together,” said Bezaire.

The inaugural Dancing Under the Starts event  runs until midnight.

For more information, visit, or pick up tickets at the ReStore in Campbell River or Courtenay, Gladstone Brewing Company or Coastal Black Winery.

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