The Shuswap Trail Alliance Silent Auction & Dance

News Release
December 19, 2011


Put a little Shuswap Trails in the stocking this Christmas

The Shuswap, British Columbia – It’s been touted the Party of the Year, by some. For others it’s a symbol of the remarkable diversity of regional support working together for healthier, greener communities. “Overall it’s a pretty fun evening, whichever way you look at it,” says Shuswap Trail Alliance chair, Winston Pain, speaking of the upcoming 5th Annual Shuswap Trails Silent Auction and Dance on Friday, February 3rd.

The event runs with all the trimmings including loads of appies, feature trail displays, best of trail awards, silent auction (featuring Waterways Houseboats and Twin Anchors vacations, cool outdoor experiences,  local stores and restaurants), EZRock DJ Patrick Ryley, and the ever popular band, Scarecrow.

Tickets for the much anticipated event are on sale just in time for Christmas at Skookum Cycle and Ski, Lakeside Insurance, Ridetech, and Salmon Arm Financial in Salmon Arm; AJ’s and the Worx in Sicamous; and MacLeod Agencies and Canhealth and Dental in Enderby. Every ticket sold translates into a metre of greenway trail on the ground somewhere in the Shuswap.

“We did listen closely after the runaway success of last year’s event,” noted Winston, pointing to changes in the first part of the evening’s program to provide more room for people to move around the auction tables and meet up with friends. EZ Rock’s Patrick Ryley, will be on hand again to spin the platters and keep the evening light, but with a quieter background set for the first part of the evening from 7 to 9 pm.

The evening will shift gears at 9:30 pm with the much loved band, Scarecrow, back to get people up dancing with their infectious energy once the Silent Auction tables wrap up. “It’s an incredible cross section of people from communities throughout the Shuswap who gather to support the effort to weave the Shuswap Green with trails,” Winston observes. “We want to create an event that has a little room for everyone, so we’re going for part social gathering and celebration/part get up and dance celebration.”

A community team is hard at work putting the pieces in place for the deep winter event. All proceeds from the event go directly toward supporting greenway trail development and upkeep throughout the Shuswap watershed. Last year, $23,000 were raised that were in turn used to leverage additional dollars and work with partners to care for, repair, build, sign, promote, manage, and plan over $100,000 in greenway trails from Sicamous to Enderby to Salmon Arm, White Lake, Sorrento, Chase, Eagle Bay, and Scotch Creek.

Priorities in 2012 include the regional recreation access and trail strategy in partnership with Secwepmec Nation leadership, implementation of the Trail Stewards program, further work with Shuswap Tourism on guide materials and promotion, and support for greenway projects underway in many of the regional municipalities. “The Trail Alliance only exists when there are partners willing to work together,” says project animator, Phil McIntyre-Paul. “The funds we raise between now and February set the foundation for those partnerships to happen. When we connect the Shuswap it’s amazing what we get done.”

Put a little piece of Shuswap Trails in your stocking. To make donations and for info on the February 3rd Shuswap Trails event call Winston Pain at Lakeside Insurance 250-832-8103, winston@lakesideins.bc.ca. And to find out more about Shuswap Trails throughout the region, visit www.shuswaptrails.com. Be sure to “Like” Shuswap Trails on Facebook. 1000 likes by February 3rd triggers entry for everyone liked to the page for prizes.

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For further background on this release, please contact:


Winston Pain (Chair)
For the Shuswap Trail Alliance
250-832-8103
  Winston@lakesideins.bc.ca

Phil McIntyre-Paul (Project Coordinator)
for the Shuswap Trail Alliance
250-804-1964
  phil@shuswaptrails.com