Vernon Pickleball Association's unique Christmas tree a food bank booster

One big pile of 'pickle'

What's more than 12 feet tall, has 350 pickleballs, craves canned food, and is a one-of-a-kind creation?

The Vernon Pickleball Association's Christmas tree.

The local pickleball complex is the largest dedicated, all-season complex of its kind in Canada, so it stands to reason its Christmas tree also goes big.

The VPA has doubled its membership to almost 700 since 2018.

The group raised more than $1.2 million in 2020 to "raise the roof" on the previously outdoor courts.

"I'm very thankful for having so many dedicated club members who volunteer their time and energy to make the VPA a success," says club president, Myron Hocevar.

Marco Longley designed and built the unique tree, collecting broken pickleballs for months before building the tree in his garage.

Members are encouraged to hang a tree decoration from home and to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Vernon Food bank.

The group has set a goal of 1,000 pounds of food and hygiene products donated before Christmas.

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