Bollywood bash for NONA
Kate Bouey - Feb 08, 2017 - Get Involved

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Bollywood Bang is back.

One of the most colourful and popular events of the year will be held to support the NONA Child Development Centre in Vernon.

The East meets West gala celebrates diversity and attracts people from all over the Valley, while raising money for charity.

Since its inception, Bollywood Bang has raised more than $106,000 for local charities including the Canadian Mental Health Association, Upper Room Mission and Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

This year, funds will go to the North Okanagan Neurological Association which is fundraising $1.6 million towards its 9,800-square-foot clubhouse on 28th Avenue.

NONA serves more than 700 children with special needs each year in the community.

“This recognition will go a long way to creating awareness about the need for a new facility in the North Okanagan to serve the growing number of children and youth with special needs and in particular those on the autism spectrum,” said Helen Armstrong, NONA executive director. “NONA appreciates all the support it has received from our community, which has helped to build the new clubhouse.”

Bollywood Bang takes place on Saturday, April 29 at Kal Tire Place and tickets sell fast. Last year, it sold out in six hours with almost 500 attendees from Vernon, Vancouver, Penticton, Kelowna and Salmon Arm. It has become so successful it has officially become franchised to Kelowna.

“We are proud to have TD Bank be our title sponsor this year. As soon as we asked, they were in,” said Dalvir Nahal, event co-ordinator. “I am just amazed at the response this event has received from the community. Everywhere I go that’s all I am asked about.”

Nahal promises a magical evening.

“We will literally transform the venue into a Bollywood scene.”

Tickets go on sale Feb. 18th, starting at 8 a.m. and can be purchased online or at the 27th Street Florist.

For those looking for outfits, a sale will be held at Lakers Clubhouse March 18-19.

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