Henry Landry hopes to turn his good fortune into a major boost for a new Vancouver Island Peace Centre and Retreat Garden at Gibbins and Vimy Roads in Duncan, with an auction of EJ concert tickets.
Landry told the News Leader that a series of remarkable events went in his favour to purchase the first six tickets for the performers first show next Valentines Day at Victorias Save On Foods Memorial Centre.
As a fundraiser for the site where the Nichiren Buddhist Society intends to relocate from Samuel Road, Henry is putting the tickets up for auction despite the fact hes a huge fan of Elton’s and would love to attend the show.
We have two acres now we made a deposit on, he said. We have rights to another nine acres.
Tickets for Eltons Victoria engagement went on sale Friday and Landrys quest began bright and early at 5:30.
In the pitch dark, I got on my bike and cycled into Duncan, he said.
I cycled in from Affinity (Cowichan Bay) to Duncan where I came to support our community transit bus to Victoria.
By 8:30, Henry was at the Victoria arena.
The way they do the tickets now, you dont have to get in line, he said. They do a ticket draw.
Landry separated himself slightly from the throng when he received his ticket, but stayed within earshot to hear the call. I didnt want to lose my energy, he said.
I started chanting and I thought wouldnt it be nice if I was in the top 10, he recalled.
A crowd he estimated at about 300 people had assembled by draw time at 9:25.
When ticket No. 124 was called, he let out a great big, yes.
By 10 oclock, it was time to make the big purchase. Landry consulted people in the know for the best choice of seat location.
Were at about one body length height from where Elton John will have his piano, he explained.
Landry paid $170 each for the six tickets for a total of $1,020, but hopes to turn the proceeds of the auction into much more for the retreat garden and peace centre.
Bidding for the tickets by silent auction will begin at $250 each on December 26 and continues until February 1. Interested persons will have a chance to make bids and view the high bids at www.penlan.com, and then go higher if they so desire.