Mission's Kenny Hess will be performing at the annual Christmas at the Clarke benefit concert.

Mission's Kenny Hess will be performing at the annual Christmas at the Clarke benefit concert.

Hess returns to Christmas at the Clarke

Annual Christmas fundraiser benefits MCS Christmas Bureau and emergency housing shelter

Come down to the Clarke Theatre on Dec. 19 for the 13th annual Christmas at the Clarke benefit concert, starting at 7 p.m.

The stage will be set for an evening of old and new tunes and holiday favourites by some of the best singers and musicians in the valley.

The event raises funds and awareness for the Mission Community Services Christmas Bureau and the emergency housing shelter operated by the Women’s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley.

Hometown crooner, Kenny Hess, will return to the show this year, after missing the last few concerts due to scheduling conflicts. Hess’ deep, rich voice, easy, comfortable style, and his rapport with the audience makes him a favourite.

Horizon, featuring Crystal Hicks, will also be returning to the Clarke stage after knocking the audience off their feet last year. Hicks has been compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James and the band is in high demand. Horizons is made up of five musicians from the Fraser Valley, and they play a variety of music, including swing, blues, R&B, Latin, country and classic rock.

Rob Hess will also be back along with the singers from Halo, and rounding out the show this year will be the Hatzic Secondary School jazz band and the Heritage Park Secondary School choir with their youthful, energetic talents.

You can also do a bit of Christmas shopping at the silent auction, which will be featuring items from local businesses and community groups.

“We’ve deliberately kept ticket prices low so that more people can afford to come to enjoy the best entertainment in the valley and so that they can bring a big bag of groceries for the Food Bank as well,” said concert founder and producer John Agnew. “That’s a big part of what we are doing.”

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $10 for children. They are available in Mission at London Drugs, Rex Cox Men’s Wear, Murdoch’s Book Shoppe, Shoppers Drug Mart, Prospera Credit Union and Fraser Valley Building Supplies. Tickets are also available in Abbotsford at House of James. For group tickets or for more information call the theatre at 604-820-3961 or John at 604-217-1863.

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