Show benefits women’s shelter and health care auxiliary

Radio personality Patrick Ryley hosts and performs in a benefit concert co-produced by Shuswap Theatre in Salmon Arm.

Patrick Ryley will host and perform in a benefit concert at Shuswap Theatre Saturday night.

Patrick Ryley will host and perform in a benefit concert at Shuswap Theatre Saturday night.

Enjoy a concert featuring great local talent and support the local women’s shelter and Shuswap Lake Health-Care Society in the process.

Well-loved for his portrayal of Hank Snow in the popular Louisiana Hayride, DJ Patrick Ryley brings Hank to the Shuswap Theatre this Saturday, along with his take on Keith Urban and Garth Brooks.

Ryley will be accompanied by the stellar guitar riffs of another local favourite – Peter Clark.

Homegrown in the Shuswap, indie artist Aimie Laws’ vocals resonate in her own  a mysterious and intriguing sound. Laws will be performing music from her new CD, accompanied by Tyler Matthews (bass), Mark Greenhalgh (drums) and Jon Treichel (lead guitar).

And The Elk Tribe is a fresh, new, local group exploding onto the  music scene.

“Our goal is to write simple, raw, good music that’s pleasing to all folks,” says the group on their website. “We have a foot-stompin’ groove, sweet harmonies and an infectious energy. Our sound is unique.”

Band members include: Zach Harder on guitar and rhythm, Levi Harder on lead vocals, glockenspiel, and rhythm, Brayden Harder on bass and vocals, David McMaster on violin and mandolin, and Amanda Robbins on lead vocals and synth.

As well as offering three hours of excellent entertainment, proceeds from the Women’s Benefit Show will go to two important non-profit organizations in Salmon Arm – the women’s emergency shelter and the Shuswap Lake Health-Care Auxiliary.

With 100 years of history, the auxiliary continues to actively evolve, meeting the changing needs in community health care.

More than 70 members volunteer in a wide range of services to support health care in the Shuswap.

Last year, the Shuswap Area Family Emergency Society (S.A.F.E.) supported some 140 to 150 families, says crisis intervention support worker Sara Inskip, noting the society relies heavily on community support.

“We supply families we support with housing, clothing, healthy food choices, hygiene products, baby needs, toiletries and household start-up items, and being a non-profit our budget is limited,” she says. “Without help from the community, we wouldn’t be able to do that.

Inskip says the society is very busy and the need for support is growing, with a huge increase in seniors being abused by spouses and families.

Grateful to the Salmon Arm Secondary Leadership Class that recently donated $500, Inskip says the cancellation of the All About Women conference in February was a financial blow, in the neighbourhood of some $8,000.

Inskip says S.A.F.E. Society workers are thrilled with support that will be forthcoming from Saturday’s concert and a fundraising silent auction at the show, and the upcoming “She Shoe Swaps” fundraiser May 11, for which residents are asked to drop off gently used shoes, boots and purses at Sears, RBC or the law offices of Brooke Jackson Downs.

Tickets for Saturday’s concert are available in advance for $20 at Touch ’A Texas in the Mall at Piccadilly, or $25 at the door.