'Every time the Elks get together, good things happen'

Justin Crann
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Elks host fundraiser featuring mentalist Jeff Richards

Jeff Richards likes to get into a person's head.

Jeff Richards, "Canada's most dangerous mind," plays an intuition game with one of the volunteers at the Elks and Royal Purple Evening Out Saturday.

"I use a little bit of showmanship and psychology and a whole lot of intuitive skill to get inside people's thoughts and see what it is they're thinking," Richards told the Times-Herald Saturday evening. "For a lot of people, the notion of having someone else in your mind is dangerous

"Somebody being able to know your thoughts and secrets is a little bit scary, but it's also entertaining and fun and nobody is ever in any real danger," he added.

Richards was in Moose Jaw Saturday night to perform during the Moose Jaw Elks and Royal Purple's Evening Out fundraiser, which benefits the Moose Jaw Health Foundation (MJHF).

The event also featured auctions and a musical performance and dance.

"Every time the Elks get together, good things happen," said Kelly McElree, executive director of the MJHF.

McElree said the funds raised at the event would be put toward the hospital's paediatrics ward — in particular, toward new monitoring equipment and sleeper chairs.

He said the MJHF is "grateful" for the Elks and Royal Purples' support of the new hospital, but that he was also particularly excited just to enjoy the evening.

"The great thing is there are so many smiles on the faces of the guests," said McElree. "When people come out and support community events like this in Moose Jaw, they impact so many lives."

As of press time, the final total raised by the event hadn't been tallied, but McElree noted that it was a fantastic night.

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Organizations: Moose Jaw Health Foundation, Times-Herald, Moose Jaw Elks and Royal Purple Elks and Royal Purples

Geographic location: Moose Jaw

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