A holiday-themed gathering returns to a Penticton church later this month for the first time in two years, all in the name of giving back to the community’s most vulnerable.
It also, however, is bound to get people on their feet and dancing.
Five of Penticton’s most talented artists will come together at the Adventist Church and play a free concert on Dec. 17 in support of the Salvation Army food bank.
Officially known as the “From Our Hearts” Christmas concert, Dianne Wirtz, Harold Goerzen, Bruce Keays, The Gospel Brothers and Rachel Walker have all thrown their names in the hat to play at the 16th annual show. More performers are expected to be announced in the coming days.
Entry is by donation and 100 per cent of the proceeds will be distributed to the local food bank.
“This has been successful in the past because we bring the community together,” said Carolyn Rowse-Magill, who’s organized the holiday concert since its start nearly 20 years ago. “We really want it to be a success this year because there’s such a great need.”
In previous years, the concert has helped raise more than 400 pounds of non-perishable food and $800 for the Salvation Army.
People interested in attending the concert — located at 290 Warren Avenue West — are asked to bring food items or cash donations. The music starts at 7 p.m.
Rowse-Magill is encouraging people to get to the church early, as seating is first come, first serve. In the past, the concert has welcomed more than 300 attendees.
“We just want to raise as much as we can, it’s so important that we do,” she said.