Organizers of Penticton’s annual Oktoberfest are providing a donation to the Penticton Regional Hospital that “merits a hearty toast.”
The Oktoberfest Society has contributed $25,000 to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s campaign for the PRH patient care tower. Meanwhile, the Penticton Heidelberg Club, which has many members who volunteer with Oktoberfest, has donated a further $5,000.
The money will help buy medical equipment for the new hospital wing, which is slated to open in April of 2019.
Oktoberfest has raised thousands for the hospital over its eight years and has contributed to other community causes as well. It was loaned $10,000 from the City of Penticton to help start up, which was paid back in two years. Since then, it has raised $7,000 to $8,000 annually for charities.
Apart from the hospital, the YES Project, JCI, the SS Sicamous, Penticton Search and Rescue, the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls and Queen’s Park Elementary School have also received donations over the years from the event.
The ninth annual instalment of the Oktoberfest takes place on Oct. 20, which will be held for the first time at the Penticton Lakeside Resort’s new convention centre.
“It’s a fun night. That dance floor is full from six o’clock to midnight,” president Barb Schneiderat said. “It’s a place where people can have food, drink and a great time while putting some money back into the community. It’s a win.”
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