December 7, 2011

For Additional Information:

Shelly Houston, Meridian Mayor’s Office

(208) 489-0531

Volleyball Tournament Raises $1,450 for the Meridian Hope Tree


Meridian, ID – (December 7, 2011) – Meridian’s First Annual Holiday Classic Volleyball Tournament, to benefit the Meridian Kiwanis Hope Tree project, will be held Saturday, December 10, at Heritage Middle School.  Spectators are encouraged to come out and watch the fifteen co-ed teams and six women’s teams that will compete in the tournament, which will begin at 8:00 a.m. and continue until the conclusion of the final game which is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, although any cash donations for the Hope Tree project would be gratefully accepted. 


From entry fees collected from participating teams and the generosity of tournament partners, a donation of $1,450 will be made to the Meridian Kiwanis Hope Tree, a holiday project of the Meridian Kiwanis that will provide clothing and gifts to more than 400 local children from families in need.


Local partners who have contributed to the success of this event include Walmart, Meridian Automotive, Bruneel Tire Factory, the Meridian Fire Department, Cheerleaders Bar & Grill, Bogus Basin, Joint School District #2, and tournament officials.  


The Meridian Parks and Recreation Department hopes to run this tournament each year the benefit a Meridian-based charity. For more information, please contact Garrett White of the Meridian Parks & Recreation Department at 888-3579. 


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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family and was selected in 2010 by Family Circle Magazine as one of their Top 10 Best Cities for Families, by Money Magazine as one of its 100 Best Places to Live, and by America’s Promise Alliance and ING as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People.  For more information about Meridian, visit