Get on-board the 23rd annual Sleigh of Hope Music Jamboree that kicks off this Friday and Saturday at the Mall at Piccadilly.
This two-day, non- stop, free concert features 35 different acts, changing every half hour.
In 1991, The Lions Club of Salmon Arm, decided to take over running of the event and organizers chose to donate the funds to the Salvation Army.
“And after a few name changes, a very large grocery cart and now a beautiful sleigh, the Sleigh of Hope event was born,” says organizer Lyn Sande.
The Lions are no longer sponsors but continue to appear at the opening ceremonies each year, giving a generous donation to the food bank.
Volunteers, entertainers, musicians and dancers, come from Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Sorrento, Enderby, Armstrong, Chase, Vernon, Kamloops and Kelowna,” Sande says.
“Each year in the middle of November we band together to combine and share our talents with the objective to help and support the local Salvation Army,” says Sande. “We gather funds, non-perishable food items, gifts for single moms and unwrapped gifts for children 16 years and under.”
Cash donations to the Salvation Army kettles located in the mall and around town are also recommended.
Pipers will open the jamboree, which runs Friday, Nov. 14 from 9:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 15 from 9:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.