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Surrey joins in Ugly Christmas Sweater Day 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

On its sixth year at the Commodore Ballroom, the annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Day has raised more than $50,000 for children's charity. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

On its sixth year at the Commodore Ballroom, the annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Day has raised more than $50,000 for children's charity. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

The region’s fastest-growing municipality is signing onto a trendy holiday event that decks revelers in unsightly knitted things.

On Monday, That’s Ugly Society founders Jordan Birch and Chris Boyd are expected at Surrey City Hall to receive official proclamation as Mayor Dianne Watts is set to pronounce Dec. 20 as a day of eyesores.

So far, seven Lower Mainland cities — including Vancouver, Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and North Vancouver city and district — have certified the annual event that culminates in a party at the Commodore, with live music, sweater contests and chugging eggnog to boot.

In six years, Birch said, his society has raised more than $50,000 for the Children’s Wish Foundation.

It started out as a simple annual Christmas gathering at a friend’s house that just kept growing.

“Year after year the party grew out of the confined space,” he said.

There are just a few rules to sign up.

“You got to wear your ugly Christmas sweater, you have to buy your $5 Ugly Christmas Sweater Day button. You have to be ugly. You have to do good — connect with people that matter, reconnect with people you lost touch with, give back, and be kind,” he said.

There are just a few tickets remaining. Sign up for the big bash at uglysweaterday.com.

 

 

 

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