Penticton block party to give a boost to local youth

Ellis on the Rise block party takes place on May 24

If you’ve ever met Lyndie Hill from Hoodoo Adventures Company then you know she’s passionate about kids experiencing the power of nature and spending time outdoors.

So, when Ellis on the Rise block party planning began, she quickly offered to host the beverage garden and use its proceeds to create subsidies for children and youth to access outdoor summer programs.

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“Hoodoo Adventures jumped at the opportunity to use Ellis on the Rise to raise money for getting local kids active outdoors,” said Hill. “This could help a whole classroom of kids to participate in an outdoor program.”

Using her positive relationships with other businesses on Ellis Street, Hill has arranged for Cannery Brewing and Mile Zero Wine Bar to provide the beverage garden selections at the May 24 block party.

“We are very lucky to have these businesses as such strong supporters of our programs. They rally behind our cause, offer us their venues when they can and get involved in our events,” Hill said.

Hill trusts the beverage garden will be a big success for the Youth Outdoor Recreation Society, the not-for-profit she founded in 2016. As a target. she hopes the evening will raise $800 or more. Placing the garden across from the stage that will have live music from 5 – 8 p.m. and adjacent to the Penticton fire fighter’s charity barbecue where attendees can grab a $5 burger or $3 hotdog gives her a solid chance of meeting that goal.

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Aside from focusing on the fundraising aspect of the event, Hill is happy to be collaborating with the other local businesses on Ellis Street. “They are our neighbours and we are lucky enough to be working with these great people and companies to raise the profile of our street and our community. We feel very lucky to share this street with them.”

The Ellis on the Rise block party is a free family-friendly event that is open to residents and visitors to Penticton alike. There will be activities for all ages in addition to entertainment and food trucks, and giveaways while they last. This year there will also be a new inflatable jousting event for youth and adults, which is sure to deliver some laughs for participants and the audience.

If people would like to get more involved with the Youth Outdoor Recreation Society, donate to or apply for funds, they can visit the website.

Ellis on the Rise is made possible by the Downtown Penticton Association and Penticton’s downtown businesses and property owners.

Full details can be found on the event website.

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