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Benefit concert features Destiny the Dance Band

A Penticton couple is putting their passion for music towards a good cause.

Holly and Gerry Gilligan, also known as Destiny the Dance Band, are hoping to raise some money and spirits through their music with a fundraiser concert for Penticton school breakfast and lunch programs

“We have all these people with kids going to school with empty stomachs and how can you learn on an empty stomach? You can’t. You have to have food. We contacted a woman at the school board and they said, yes we would love to have you do that,” said Gerry.

The couple perform their upbeat renditions of classic hits from big band and rock and roll to pop and country. Gerry plays the guitar and his wife on the keyboards. They have been performing since 2009 at numerous South Okanagan venues including the Penticton Peach Festival, Sunshine Cabaret, the legion, service clubs and the Summerland dance club.

“We love Penticton and the people are so fantastic. The people just come together for so many good causes,” said Gerry. “It is also great because I get to work with my wife, who is very talented.”

Gerry volunteers at the Penticton Soupateria once a month and they held a benefit concert in the winter raising $700 for the organization that provides at least 100 dinners a day.

“We thought wow, that is great, let’s see if we can do that again for someone else,” said Gerry.

The Feed the Kids benefit concert, featuring Destiny the Dance Band, is on July 20 at Gyro Park in Penticton from 7 to 9 p.m.

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