Once you peel off the layers of this Sunday's strip-a-thon at the CaddyShack show lounge, you'll find selflessness and generosity.
That's the general opinion of the folks from the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society, which benefits from this annual fundraiser.
Reserved seating tickets are moving briskly for the 18th annual event, being held Dec. 2 from roughly noon to 8 p.m.
Last year's strip-a-thon generated $23,020. Every cent went to the society, which each year provides toys, clothes, and food vouchers to families in need during the Christmas season.
"We are so grateful," said society co-chair Lorraine Bates. "That amount is huge and it is all raised in about eight hours."
The strip-a-thon is proving once again to be a hot ticket item. Almost every reserved seat, at $25 each, has been snapped up, noted CaddyShack head server Romana Van Lissum.
Patrons with reserved seating will receive a free breakfast from 11: 30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m.
General admission is $10. "We started doing reservations about two weeks ago, and almost three quarters is already booked up," Van Lissum said on Nov. 21. "It's usually standing room [only] in here."
A dancer who goes by the stage name "Kianna" plans to be among the performers taking part in the strip-a-thon.
"It's going to be my first time," she said. "I like the idea of any kind of charity."
Van Lissum said that at every strip-a-thon, there's a festive atmosphere inside the walls of the CaddyShack.
"It always seems like there's tons of energy in here," Van Lissum said. "It's mostly regulars, but there are a lot of new people. Guys will bring their buddies. It's usually like a tradition for most people."
There are still some tables and seats available for reservation. Visit the CaddyShack at 22222 Lougheed Hwy. to reserve a seat.
Funds generated from sponsors, admission, and raffles go to the society. The bar's staff and dancers work for free during the day.
The society didn't absorb any public backlash last year, but the year before that the response was "horrendous" Bates recalled.
She bristles at the notion that funds raised from the strip-a-thon is so-called "dirty money."
"It's not bad money at all," Bates said. "These people are not held at gunpoint to do [the strip-a-thon], they're doing it out of the goodness of their hearts. It doesn't matter where the money comes from. With the passing of money from one to the other, it comes from the heart."
Van Lissum said there will always be critics of the fundraiser.
"Those people should come in and they'll probably have a really good time," she said.
Meanwhile, the strip-a-thon seems to get bigger every year.
"The staff have their own personal goals and they keep exceeding it," Bates said. "It's absolutely a miracle."
BRAS FOR THE CAUSE
For the ninth year, bras will also be available to the highest bidders at the strip-a-thon.
Van Lissum said the bar's former manager suggested the female staff auction off their bras.
The first year, Van Lissum figured she'd get about $50 for her bra, and was surprised when it brought in $300. Last year, she auctioned off her bra for $1,800.
"Don't ask me why, but bras go for more money than [any other] stuff," Van Lissum said.