Grab your swim trunks and your kids and head on down to Atlantis Waterslides for the Slide Into Summer fundraiser July 6.
The Rice Box and Image Studios are teaming up to raise money for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation for the completion of the Polson Tower.
“We wanted to do something fun for the community that you can bring your family out to,” said On Ouchs, the owner of the Rice Box.
The event runs from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. and will be jam-packed with fun activities for the whole family.
The kids section will be where the mini-golf was and will feature Kiki the Eco Elf performing songs and magic along with her balloon tricks and face painting.
Kelowna’s Leif the Magician will be on hand, entertaining kids with his tricks.
There will also be a bouncy castle.
The Goods band will be performing live during the evening and the Kinshira Fire Group will do a fire dance at 10 p.m.
“We are really thankful for all the community support from everyone,” said Fiona Forshaw, owner of Image Studios. “We couldn’t have done it without them.”
Four hours on the waterslides is sure to build up quite an appetite.
A&W has donated burgers, the Rice Box is supplying a bunch of chow mein and sushi, Save On Foods will donate drinks and Marble Slab has donated ice cream.
Vernon volunteer firefighters will be manning the barbecue throughout the event.
“I’ve always wanted to plan a big event for the community like this, but I couldn’t take it on myself. I needed a good partner,” said Ouchs.
Ouchs and Forshaw met a few years ago at one of her photo workshops.
“He (Ouchs) handles the marketing and I do a lot of the event planning,” said Forshaw. “We both have family-based businesses and we think this is something the town is going to look forward to.”
The Atlantis season pass will not work for admission into this event. Tickets are easy to acquire, simply go to www.slideintosummer.ca and place an order. Once ordered, tickets can be picked up at the Rice Box. You are welcome to pay online or pay when you pick up your ticket. Tickets will not be sold at the Rice Box or at Atlantis Waterslides.
There’s only 1,000 tickets available, and all proceeds are going directly to the hospital.
“Our goal is to raise $1,000, but I know with great community support, we should be able to pass that,” said Ouchs.
Adult tickets are $20, teenagers $15 and kids three to 12-years-old are $10.
“We couldn’t have done this without the amazing help from the people at Atlantis,” said Forshaw. “They are donating their entire park and staff to us for the evening. It’s going to be a great time.”
A silent auction will take place, with people having the chance to bid on items donated from businesses from around town.
Ouchs and Forshaw welcome more companies to step up and donate items for the auction.