Ottawa HOPE Volleyball springs for 2013

Pencil in HOPE for Sat. July 13 and break out the flips flops and coolers.

Nearly 300 teams have already registered for the 31st annual HOPE Volleyball SummerFest, taking place at Mooney’s Bay.

The massive summer party combines recreational volleyball and live rock.

The event draws at least 25,000 players and spectators annually; headlining the show this year are The Reason, Matt Mays and the Arkells.

The band lineup includes Tympanic, Les Mosquitoes, and The Strain.

Planning for the 2013 event began almost a year ago.

“We keep saying it’s like Christmas. It comes around the same time every year and it takes us probably as much effort and organization to get it done but it’s fun,” said HOPE executive director Holly Tarrison.

The launch party was held at KS on the Keys Thursday.

“I’m very happy. It’s nice to see everybody here at our event and to help us kick off, ‘cause it seems like a whole lot of months of getting ready to start the kickoff and it’s nice to actually get it started,” said Tarrison.

Since Helping Other People Everywhere began in 1981, roughly $3.5 million has been raised for more than 110 charities.

The 2013 recipient charities are the Boys & Girls Club, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Distress Centre Ottawa & Region, Make A Wish Foundation, The Lung Association, and the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre.

Mayor Jim Watson calls HOPE an “amazing experience.”

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