The North Vancouver Windsor Secondary School Interact Club hosts its annual Entertainment Night in February to raise money for a charitable cause.
In 2021, because of COVID-19, the show was a virtual event.
Windsor Interact Entertainment Night
The Windsor Interact Club is a club at Windsor Secondary School in North Vancouver that raises money for charitable causes. Members also do volunteer work in their community. It’s a student-run club that’s affiliated with and sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lions Gate.
Every year the Interact Club hosts an Entertainment Night where students from the school show off their various talents. In a typical year there are singers, musicians and dancers, plus sometimes other kinds of performances.
In 2020 funds raised at the Entertainment Night event benefited two organizations. One was the Innocence Lost Foundation, which is a Vancouver-based charity that helps child soldiers in rehabilitation overseas. The other was Hollyburn Family Services, which is an agency that supports local families and children in need.
The Event in 2021
Entertainment Night in 2021 happened online via the website CharitableImpact.com. On that website you could make a donation (with the suggested amount being $10 for individual audience members and $25 for families). The website was also where you could find the actual show as well as the event’s silent auction where you could bid on a range of great products.
Funds raised from ticket sales, donations and auction proceeds in 2021 benefitted the Interact Club’s global charity, Hope and Healing International, which provides education and medical services to children with disabilities in the developing world.
2021 Silent Auction
Every year the Windsor Interact Club hosts a silent auction to help raise additional funds for their charitable projects. 2021 was no exception, although this past year everything was online because of COVID-19.
Auction items were available for bidding via the CharitableImpact.com website between 8:00 am on Thursday, February 25th, and 11:59 pm on Sunday, February 28th.
Things you would have found in the auction this past year included products and gift certificates from places like Mt. Seymour, Suburban Spa, Bean Around the World, Osaka Sushi, Deep Cove Music and other generous businesses and organizations.
Where, When and How Much (in Normal Years)?
In years when there isn’t a pandemic, Entertainment Night takes place at Windsor Secondary School at 931 Broadview Drive which is located just off Mt. Seymour Parkway about half way between the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge and Deep Cove in North Vancouver.
The event usually takes place on a weekday night around the third week of February (so sometime after the Family Day Long Weekend). In 2020 it happened on Thursday, February 20th. Doors typically open at around 6:30 pm and the show starts at around 7 o’clock. In 2021 it was a virtual event starting on Thursday, February 25th.
Tickets to the event usually cost around $20 for adults, $10 for students in advance and $15 for students at the door. In 2021, because it was all online, audience members were asked to donate $10 per individual or $25 per family.
What to Expect
Entertainment Night is a school talent show, so not the semi-finals of America’s Got Talent. It is, however, really good! Windsor Secondary has a lot of talented students who volunteer their time to entertain the crowd and help the Interact Club raise money for their charitable projects.
The show itself usually starts at 7:00 pm and runs for a couple of hours with an intermission in the middle. A couple of MCs host the event and introduce each act. There are solo singers, duets, pianists and bands playing everything from Classical music to Jazz and Rock. There is also usually a dance act or two, perhaps of ballet, tap or other styles.
Each act lasts for around 2 to 5 minutes. The selection is great and some of the performers are quite amazing. No doubt some of them will be on stage at night clubs and in local theatres throughout the Lower Mainland in years to come.
In years when it can take place as a live in-person event, the Entertainment Night show is held in the “Duke’s Den” which is an open area with a theatre stage at Windsor Secondary School. The auditorium has about 150 or so folding-type chairs in the middle for the audience. The stage is at the front and silent auction items and refreshments are for sale at the sides of the room.
Silent Auction and Refreshments
Revenues generated from the ticket sales and proceeds from the silent auction and refreshment purchases go to the charities that the Windsor Interact Club supports.
There are usually a few dozen silent auction items at the event that people can bid on before the show and during the intermission. Some of the items are really good, and many of them go for unreasonably low prices. If you want a deal on some gifts, this is a great place to find them. A couple of years ago we walked away with an ice cream maker!
Refreshments at Entertainment Night typically include popcorn, hot and cold drinks, and baked goods (although in 2021 you had to provide all of that yourself while you watched the show at home).
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your experience at Windsor Interact Entertainment Night in years when you can attend in person.
TIP #1: Doors open half an hour before show time and it’s good to arrive then or even a bit before. This will give you time to find parking, get a bag of popcorn and check out the silent auction items before the show.
TIP #2: There are a couple of parking areas at Windsor Secondary and two ways to access the school from Mt. Seymour Parkway. If you turn down Lytton Street you’ll find parking which is also used by folk using the soccer field at the back of the building. If you turn down Broadview Drive you’ll find the main parking lot (which is likely the better one to go to).
TIP #3: Windsor Secondary has one of the North Shore’s best soccer fields and teams practice there most nights. As a result, parking in the school parking lot accessed by Lytton Street can get busy, especially at times when one group of teams is getting ready to leave and another is arriving.
TIP #4: If you like music, variety and live entertainment, plus want to support a worthwhile cause and a group of talented youth, and you’re in the North Vancouver area, check out this event. We always enjoy it.
For more information about the Windsor Interact Club or its school see the Windsor Secondary website.
To learn more about Rotary and the service organization that sponsors the Windsor Interact Club click Rotary Club Lions Gate. (Note: This particular Rotary Club also coordinates the Canada Day Festivities at Waterfront Park on July 1st each year and the Operation Red Nose designated driver service for the North Shore around Christmas.)
Why do we include the Windsor Interact Club’s Entertainment Night event in our Vancouver’s Best Places website? Because it’s fun, the performances are good, it’s affordable, it’s for a worthwhile cause, and it showcases the talents of local youth. (Note: We also happen to be a member of the Rotary Club Lions Gate which is a sponsor of the Interact Club.)
If you’re in the North Vancouver area and want to be entertained while supporting a good cause, Entertainment Night is worth checking out. We’ve been with friends a number of times over the years and have always had a fun time.
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