Businesses pitch in to help youth

Zia’s Stonehouse in Summerland is offering a helping hand to the Summerland Asset Development Initiative, aiding them in raising some much-needed cash by hosting a fundraising dinner for the youth opportunity program.

  • Mar. 3, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Zia’s Stonehouse in Summerland is offering a helping hand to the Summerland Asset Development Initiative, aiding them in raising some much-needed cash by hosting a fundraising dinner for the youth opportunity program.

For the evening of March 8, Zia’s owners Shannon and Claude Ferlizza have donated their restaurant, staff and food to help the local organization out.

“I have children and I see what SADI does for the community,” said Shannon. “Having a safe place for youth in a small town is an important thing.”

SADI is a youth-driven movement that provides opportunities, activities and support for Summerland youth and families. Funds raised during the evening will help support the operations of the Unity Youth Club, a safe place where youth can gather in a supportive environment. The youth club currently accommodates over 650 drop-in monthly visits, with structured activities that operate at full capacity, often with waiting lists.

The evening will feature a three-course dinner, live music featuring Summerland youth and a live and silent auction, all hosted by the evening’s emcee, Summerland Mayor Janice Perrino.

Organizers say they have received tremendous support from the business community in Summerland and Penticton, who have donated a wide variety of auction items. Live auction items include a dozen bottles of wine from Bottleneck Drive and Summergate wineries, a romance package including two nights at the Waterfront Hotel and couples’ aromatherapy massages from Beyond Wrapture. The silent auction includes Apex ski passes, scrapbooking and cooking baskets, a Thornhaven Winery basket and gift certificates for Zumba, Primo Pizza, Lakeshore Fitness, Penmar, Dream Café, bellydancing and suntanning.

Tickets can be purchased at the SADI Unity Youth Club and Willowbrook Lane.

For more information, check online at www.sadi.ca or contact Michelle Stefan at 250-494-9722.