Wrestlers take to the ring for Hope Air

The professional wrestlers of Big West Wrestling are taking part in a fundraiser in Vernon on Saturday for Hope Air

Big West Wrestling is out to prove their collective hearts are as big as their body slams: the family-friendly professional wrestling company out of Kelowna has teamed up with Hope Air, in an effort to raise money for a worthy cause.

Since 1986, Hope Air has arranged nearly 75,000 free flights for Canadians in financial need, in order to access much-needed health care. Okanagan residents have benefited greatly from Hope Air’s assistance, and Big West owner/promoter Martin Solotki is happy to be aligned with such a project.

“When the opportunity came my way to work with Anna du Bois and Hope Air, I jumped at the chance,” said Solotki. “I have friends and family that have benefited from Hope Air, and the chance to give back is a true honour.”

Big West’s fundraising campaign for Hope Air kicks off in Vernon on Saturday at the Schubert Centre. They will be giving one dollar from every general admission ticket and $5 from every family four-pack ticket combo to the cause; there will also be raffles, with prizes donated by local businesses, and candy bags on sale for kids of all ages, with proceeds also going towards Hope Air. A much larger raffle for a WestJet flight is also in the works.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for an action-packed card that features a grudge match between Vernon’s own Black Dragon and Kelowna’s Collin Cutler, along with the Vernon debuts of the wicked Von Slasher Family and the lovely KC Spinelli. The 2013 Okanagan Cup Champion, Adam Ryder of Vernon; Tony Baroni The Mad Dog and many others will also be in action.

General admission tickets are $12 in advance, family four-packs are $40 in advance ($15 and $50 at the door, respectively), with advance tickets available at Lincoln Lanes, the Downtown Internet Lounge and the Schubert Centre.

For more information on Big West Wrestling, please contact Solotki at 250-801-9442 or e-mail to bigwestwrestling@me.com.

For more information on Hope Air, please go to HopeAir.ca. And local businesses who would like to help support the cause can call Jason Cliffe, manager for Big West Promotions, at 250-300-3532 or e-mail j.cliffe.@shaw.ca