By Dan Walton

Pioneer Staff

Summer officially begins on Saturday, June 21st, and the local chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society will be kicking the season off with a party at Invermere Community Hall.

Beginning at 6 p.m., the society will host the Summer Kickoff an evening of dinner, dancing, and bidding. Food will be provided by Anne Riches Catering, music will be delivered by Will C Productions, and auction items have been generously donated by people and businesses in the valley. Donations will be auctioned both silently and live, with auctioneer Tex Lortscher calling bids with his popular fast-talking style.

This event is our big fundraiser this year as we are not having a Relay for Life in our valley, said event organizer Sheila Tutty. I would sure appreciate people attending this event and bidding on the wonderful selection of auction items.

Some of the items already collected for the auction include two one-week Interval vouchers from Fairmont Vacation Villas; one nights accommodation at Copper Point Resort; $100 gift cards from AG Valley Foods and from Sobeys, a $250 gift certificate from Kimberley Rae Sanderson Photography; and an incredible $700 gift voucher from Nipika Mountain Resort.

With the change in fundraising format, the Summer Kickoff is assuming the role as the largest fundraiser for the local branch of the Canadian Cancer Society.

Anybody still able to donate an item or service can contact Sheila at 250-342-9059 to arrange a pickup.

Tickets are $45 per person or $80 per couple and can be purchased at The Book Bar in Invermere. All proceeds from the evening will support the Canadian Cancer Society.