Kwantlen Polytechnic University's public relations class of 2012 hosted a cocktail reception to benefit the Richmond Society for Community Living (RSCL).
The garden party themed reception was hosted by Global BC's Mark Madryga and featured a silent auction and live musical entertainment.
The class raised $6,000 for local children and adults with disabilities.
"It was a privilege to attend the event and have our agency benefit from the fundraising efforts," said Lisa Cowell, manager of the fund and community development for the RSCL.
"Not only was the event professionally executed, the class did a wonderful job of demonstrating the community-based values upon which our organization has been built."
Every year, the graduating class chooses a non-profit organization they wish to raise funds for.
"The students do a phenomenal job of organizing these events. In fact, it's one of the hallmarks of the program - that they get real life, make-a-difference, hands-on experience," said Kwantlen's School of Business dean Arthur Coren.
The RSCL provides much needed programs and support for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.
Salt Spring Coffee has been recognized in B Lab's inaugural Best for the World list for its sustainability practices.
B Lab is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to building a new sector of the economy that uses business to solve social and environmental issues www. bcorporation.net. The organic, Richmondbased coffee company is one of only five Canadian companies to make the list.
Salt Spring Coffee won as a leader in the Best for the Environment category, scoring 50 per cent higher than the more than 2,000 other sustainable companies in Canada.
Salt Spring Coffee co-founder Mickey McLeod was thrilled and said, "When we founded Salt Spring Coffee, we wanted to create a successful business that does things the right way that really helps people and the environment. Being included in this exclusive list of B Corporations proves we are doing it."