Last chance to win dinner with a view

This Friday night Nikos Theodosakis will reach into a small container of tickets and choose the lucky winner for an adventure of a lifetime.

Nikos Theodosakis (right) of Theo's Restaurant and Manisha Willms of the OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre along with Theo's executive chef David Stern (centre) and owner/chief pilot Derek Robinson (background) of Eclipse Helicopters are urging people to get their tickets for the ultimate dinining experience

Some call it a view worth dining for.

This Friday night (Oct. 23) Nikos Theodosakis will reach into a small container of tickets and choose the lucky winner for what will likely be the adventure of a lifetime.

This bucket-list item is the annual, ultimate pampering experience appropriately called Theo’s at 10,000 Feet.

That ticket holder and three soon-to-be, very good friends will be whisked away up into the surrounding hills by Eclipse Helicopters pilot Derek Robinson for a dining experience they will never forget.

Awaiting the arrival of the guests will be host maitré d Theodosakis himself attired in tux and executive director Manisha Willms of the OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre in formal gown. From there the four will be escorted to a dining table overlooking the valley and three lakes where they will be served a multi-course (with wine pairings from Naramata Bench Winery Association members) menu prepared on site by Theo’s executive chef David Stern.

As well, there will be live classical music to blend in with the melodic sounds of nature surrounding the dining experience.

The added bonus; every penny from ticket sales will go to benefit the Child and Youth Development Centre.

“Right now we are doing lots of upgrades to our facilities so we have the right kind of equipment to use for the therapies that we provide for children,” said Willms. “We have a few big events during the year and this is one of the bigger ones and we rely heavily on the support that we get from Theo’s at 10,000 to deliver those services to our children.”

She also expressed her sincere gratitude to Theo’s and Eclipse for their support and generosity over the two decades the raffle has been running. During that time a large number of other businesses have come on board to help.

Karl Holowach is one of the lucky people who has had the experience dining on a mountain. Last fall the ticket his wife Frances gave him as a birthday present was the winner and they and two friends went this spring.

“My goodness, it’s just really hard to explain,” said Holowach, who already has his tickets and is encouraging his good friends to get theirs. “It was just such a treat to be pampered like royalty on top of the beautiful food and the scenery. I mean it just doesn’t get any better than that.”

Only 1,500 tickets are for sale and can be purchased up until draw time at Theo’s at 8 p.m. Friday.

“It’s fun to be able to lend our resources to something that is such a win-win event,” said Theodosakis. “It showcases OSNS in terms of being such a resource in the community and not just our community, up and down the Valley.

“It’s all about enjoying the afternoon and helping the children.”

For more information or to purchase tickets call 492-0295 or visit


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