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Bollywood Bang makes popular return
It was a huge hit last year, and organizers are anticipating another night of success raising funds for local breast cancer.
Tickets go on sale today for the second annual VantageOne Bollywood Bang March 8 at the Vernon Recreation Complex.
And if last year was any indication, those hoping to take in the evening of south Asian influence may want to get tickets sooner rather than later.
“Last year we sold out in 10 days,” said organizer Dalvir Nahal, a Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation board member.
“We didn’t expect that.
“There were 400 last year so we’ve got 432 this year.”
Nahal, 37, came up with the event concept following her own battle with breast cancer.
“My brother and I wanted a way to give back. We came up with this concept and it became a super success.
“It’s a night for people to dress up and pretend they are in Bollywood with south Asian cuisine and music and entertainment.”
Indian attire will go on sale for women only Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Seasons Spa and Recreation Centre.
Last year’s event raised $22,500 for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and this year’s event is in support of the foundation’s work to purchase a new digital mammography machine (which costs $714,000). Vernon is one of the last two sites in Interior Health still running analogue technology, which raises concerns that if a break-down were to occur there may be difficulty getting replacement parts. A digital machine also produces clearer images and provides cost-savings for the hospital.
Twenty-five per cent of funds raised will also go to the cancer comfort fund.
“The event would not have been as successful without the generosity of not only the local community but our family and friends from the coast,” said Nahal.
This year, organizers are thrilled that VantageOne has come on board as the title sponsor.
For tickets, call 250-558-1362, tickets are $85 each.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/BollywoodBangVernon