Final funding push begins
Colin Dacre - Nov 26, 2018 - Get Involved

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The South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation is kicking off its 13th annual Tree of Dreams campaign, looking for a push over the finish line on its drive to raise $20M for medical equipment for the new tower being constructed at the Penticton hospital.

The foundation has just over $2M to go on its fundraising campaign and Tree of Dreams brochures have been mailed to households throughout the region.

“Because the final stage of any charity fundraising effort is always the toughest, our Tree of Dreams campaign takes on special significance this year,” Carey Bornn said. “We can’t thank our donors enough for their support.”

Since the campaign’s launch in 2015, donors throughout the South Okanagan Similkameen have contributed more than $17.8M.

Construction of the David E. Kampe Tower will be substantially completed by mid-December and will open to patients on April 29, 2019.  The six-storey building will include 84 new single-bed patient rooms, a permanent MRI, five operating-surgical rooms, ambulatory care clinics, nuclear medicine suites, expanded space for the UBC Faculty of Medicine and a 480-stall parkade.

Phase two of the $312M project begins next summer, which includes a major upgrade to the emergency room.

Tree of Dreams donations can be made by returning the postage-paid brochure form by mail or by donating online.

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