Merritt gets taste of India
A Taste of India, an event that many Merritt residents have been craving, is back this year with entertainment and food set for Saturday.
Doors to the dinner and silent auction, set to take place at the Merritt Civic Center, are scheduled to open at 6 p.m., with dinner starting at 7:30 p.m.
The event, which has been held sporadically throughout the years, raises money to fight polio and for other charities.
Das Kandola, an organizer for the event, said A Taste of India raises between $7,000 and $11,000 for charities each year.
“Our goal has been to eradicate polio throughout the world, but it has sparked up in a few countries again,” he said.
About half the proceeds go to fight polio and the rest are dedicated to another cause, which hasn’t yet been decided.
But those results wouldn’t be possible, he said, without the combined efforts of various charities in the community.
“This event has a strong collaboration of many people,” he said. “We have strong support from both Rotary clubs and the Sikh Society.”
Between 300 and 350 people have attended in the past.
“The dinner will be a buffet and appetizers will be served,” he said.
“We’ve also got a 50/50 [draw], a silent auction and a small live auction.”
The celebration will feature dancers from the Lower Mainland, as well as signed hockey jerseys supplied by John Stewart Sports as part of the silent auction.
The dinner is hosted by the Merritt Sikh Society, the Rotary Club of Merritt Sunrise, and the Rotary Club of Merritt.
The last time the event was held was in 2010.
Tickets cost $35 each and are available at City Furniture (250-378-2332), Brambles Bakery and Cafe (259-378-6655) or from any Rotary member. Tickets are also available at the door.
Part of the silent auction is sponsored by the Punjabi Canadian Roots Club, with the rest sponsored by Merritt’s Rotarians.