Event raises ‘green’ for team

Wings Tap and Grill will again host a fundraiser for the U16 Vernon Women’s Sky Volleyball Club

Wings Tap and Grill will again host a fundraiser for the U16 Vernon Women’s Sky Volleyball Club team as they try to raise some ‘green’ on St. Patrick’s Day for a return trip to the national championships in Calgary in May.

The special night will take place Thursday.

“We have a first-class athlete and keynote speaker from Vernon, and Wings will provide a great dinner, all for $20,” said event committee member Paula Harned. “Last year was a huge success.”

Keynote speaker for the evening will be Melissa Spooner, a world-class Ironman athlete who won three titles before retiring from racing in 2005 and moving to Vernon with her husband, Chris Spooner, in 2006.

The Spooners opened Paradigm Naturpathic Medicine and Studio in 2014, and Melissa has also started an adult triathlon club called Endurance Health and Fitness, where she coaches both locally and nationally.

“I love working with people to determine how to implement a healthy lifestyle individually,” said Spooner. “Whether it is nutrition, a training program for an event or a yoga pose, everyone will have their own way of expressing it and feeling it.”

The fundraising dinner and presentations begin at 5:30 p.m. at Wings Tap and Grill. Tickets are available by reservation at Wings and The UPS Store.

Last year’s fundraiser was a huge success and raised $5,000 for the girls to compete in the nationals in Calgary.