Media Release: October 3, 2022
The Shuswap, North Okanagan, Splatsin
Fresh after their very successful inaugural dance party, the Celebrate Shuswap Society is gearing up to present the funk, hip-hop, jam band, The Hillties at Song Sparrow Hall on October 15th as a fundraiser for the Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail. Hailing from Nelson, B.C., the Hillties are a six-piece band whose “infectious dance floor funkathons” are a hit at festivals and music venues across Western Canada, with their original music that can evoke the energy of Rage Against the Machine and Tenacious D.
“Successful fundraising within the Shuswap community for the 50-kilometre rail trail is already helping the Splatsin leverage government funding that will enable the project to move forward. This upcoming dance benefit will help raise more public awareness as well as more funding, explained Phil McIntyre-Paul with the Shuswap Trail Alliance.” Alex de Chantal, the Rail Trail Fundraising Strategy Coordinator and members of the Community Fundraising Committee will be at the event to answer questions and provide more details about the project.
Recently, Splatsin Kukpi7 Doug Thomas shared, “Every dollar gets us closer to building the trail. Not only does the trail represent an economic boost to the region, but it also represents teamwork and the coming together of various North Okanagan and Shuswap communities. There are many more steps to be taken, however, I believe we will overcome all bumps in the road and have a successful launch.”
With already almost 100 lifetime members, Celebrate Shuswap Society is on a roll as it has up to three more shows planned for this year. For just $25, members get a $5 discount on most shows. As well, 30 people have signed up as patrons by contributing $100 or more. The Society also gratefully acknowledges the support from the three sponsors for the October 15th dance party, the Salmon Arm Observer, the Prestige Hotel and Resorts and the Cantina Vallarta. Visit celebrateshuswap.ca for memberships and the Hillties Dance tickets.
The Community Fundraising Campaign encourages corporate and community donors to support the rail trail project by making donations, as many grants require a matching financial commitment to qualify. All contributions are tax-deductible; every dollar donated gets leveraged for grants and becomes more trail on the ground.
For more information or to donate, visit www.ShuswapNorthOkanaganRailTrail.ca/donate
Alex de Chantal
Fundraising Strategy Coordinator