A fundraiser that earns up to $50,000 a year for Kamloops Symphony Society has found itself in a bind.
Barb's Used Book and Music Sale, a charity event that has been running for 20 years, needs to find a new home. Symphony general manager Kathy Humphreys said on Monday that Sahali Centre Mall has informed the group that it can no longer donate a space.
The news comes only three weeks before the symphony's next book sale.
"We count on this sale to raise a significant amount of money for the orchestra each year," said Humphreys.
"And without that event, we are really going to be in some trouble paying for the programs that we're putting on this year."
Humphreys has reached out to realtors and property owners throughout Kamloops in recent days hoping a substitute location can be found, but so far she has come up empty.
Now her group is making a desperate appeal to the public.
"We're just trying to figure out how we can make this happen," said Humphreys.
She is hopeful a venue can be found in time to hold the fall event.
The popular sale is held twice a year — in springtime and fall. There is never a shortage of donations of books, music and movies, nor a shortage of customers. Now they just need a place to bring the two together.
Anyone who has a suitable location is asked to call the symphony office at 250-372-5000.
As for the unanticipated break from Sahali Centre Mall, Humphreys said the timing was unfortunate but that the symphony harbours no ill feelings.
"I can't say enough about the mall's generosity in allowing us to use it for all these years," she said.
No one from Sahali Centre Mall was available for comment.