John Lent (left)

John Lent (left)

Musicians take to the stage for refugees

A fundraising event will be held at Vernon’s Trinity United Church Jan. 30 as part of efforts to bring a refugee family to the area.

As the refugee crisis continues to dominate global headlines, North Okanagan residents are coming together in support.

A fundraising event will be held at Vernon’s Trinity United Church Jan. 30 as part of efforts to bring a refugee family to the area.

“Hope for a Family is the theme for the event,” said Norma John, one of the event organizers.

“The theme reflects the hope that is being expressed by refugees arriving in Canada.”

The doors open at 5 p.m. and an international dinner will be served by Chef Darren Bezanson, from Royal York Golf Course.

There will also a silent auction and entertainment will include Henry Piovesan, the Lent Fraser Wall Trio, the Vernon Country Scottish Dancers, the Trinity United choir, soloists from St. Andrew’s United in Enderby, Ian and Ann Dorval, the Trinity Drums and Andre Van den Berg.

“We are overwhelmed with the response we have received from such talented individuals,” said John.

“This is shaping up to be a very special evening of music and camaraderie.”

Tickets are $25 per person and they are available at Trinity United Church Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Trinity and St. Andrew’s are currently working through the federal sponsorship process for refugees, and the fundraiser is a critical step forward.

“Come out and enjoy the evening and support our incoming family,” said John.

For more information about the event or how to support refugee sponsorship, call Trinity United Church at 250-545-0797.