Business rides to rescue
Darren Handschuh - May 17, 2019 - Get Involved

A ‘fox’ in shining armour saved the day for a local non-profit group.

When the Kindale Developmental Association held a fundraiser for their numerous programs, the bids were flying fast and furious.

But when one promised product fell through, Kindale was left scrambling.

Enter Fox and Sons, a Vernon-based plumbing, cooling, heating and electrical company that stepped up and offered to finish the job for free.

Fox and Sons finished installing an air conditioning unit for the winning bidder, and Cindy Masters, development officer for Kindale, could not be more thankful to company owner Ted Fox.

“He really was the knight in shining armour. He stepped up to save the day,” Masters said.

Fox and Sons owner Ted Fox said he appreciates the work Kindale does and was happy to help them out.

For no charge to Kindale or winning bidder Glenn Taylor, Fox and Sons finished installing the air conditioning unit and then gave him a price break on upgrading his furnace.

Fox said it was just the right thing to do.

“Kindale does wonderful things for the community,” Fox said. “I know we had worked with them a number of times in the past over the years and when I heard Kindale was having some trouble and figured I could help with a little of it, that’s what we’re here for.”

Buy a car, help a heart
Okanagan Edge Staff - May 15, 2019 - Get Involved

Operation 200 is back and in full swing at Kelowna Hyundai and Buy Direct Truck Centre.

During the month of May, both dealerships are donating $100 per vehicle sold to the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre for new equipment. As always, the goal is to sell 200 vehicles so that $20,000 is donated during the sixth annual fundraising event. The Kot Auto Group initially committed $120,000 to the centre, so if it reaches its goal this year it will meet the overall goal.

The initiative is near and dear to the heart of Kot Auto Group president John Kot, as his daughter Janessa has been affected by heart problems since birth.

“Having the ability to help our community provide a higher level of health care for all families will help everyone through an already difficult time in their life,” Kot said in a press release. “After successfully donating $20,000 last year to IHSC, we look forward to doing it again.

“IHSC started assisting residents of the Okanagan in late 2015, and we are honoured to support this foundation in their efforts to provide the highest level of medical care in Kelowna and surrounding area.”

Kelowna Hyundai is located at 3260 Hwy 97 North, while Buy Direct Truck Centre can be found at 1638 Cary Rd.

Yard Angels strike again
Okanagan Edge Staff - May 14, 2019 - Get Involved

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The Yard Angels were back at it two weeks ago, giving back to the community through their landscaping work.

A couple named Lisa and Warren have been going through a trying time, with Lisa battling cancer and Warren working 60 hours a week while also caring for his wife. They were nominated for the Yard Angels program by friends.

So the Yard Angels, made up of a dozen volunteers and employees from Creative Roots Landscaping, went to work on Lisa and Warren’s yard with a skid steer, lawn and garden tools, and donated materials from Pro Source Irrigation Supply, Kelowna Home Hardware, and Kelowna Sand and Gravel. Warren and Lisa

“The landscape work completed by you and the whole Creative Roots Team at our house on Saturday is truly amazing,” Warren wrote to the Yard Angels crew. “When Lisa and I arrived home on Sunday we were blown away how unbelievably awesome our yard looked. The front, side and back yards look so beautiful. I can’t express how happy we are to have had this help.

“All of the work done would have taken me months to complete, and you guys did it in one day. TRULY AMAZING!”

The Yard Angels project aims to lighten the gardening burden for three Kelowna residents who are suffering with debilitating illness or injury and are unable to care for their yards. The Yard Angels will be doing projects in August and November as well.

Vernon hospital gets $100K
Jon Manchester - May 14, 2019 - Get Involved

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Donors helped raise more than $100,000 for Vernon Jubilee Hospital at the Smooth Operations Hospital Gala.

A sold-out crowd of 240 people at the Vernon Lodge on Saturday raised money for the Surgical Care for Life campaign, which aims to reduce hospital wait times, increase surgical capacity and improve patient outcomes.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the gala and how residents and businesses from throughout the region rallied to ensure we continue to have state-of-the-art health care right here at home,” VJH Foundation’s Kate McBrearty said.

The evening included a live auction, tasting stations and appetizers, a meet and greet with orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Paul Dooley, perioperative lead at VJH and entertainment by The Underground Circus.

“After five years of fundraising, between Wine Women & Woods and this gala, I am overwhelmed by the generosity of this fine community we live in. Time and time again when asking for donations, businesses are always happy to support our endeavours. We are so lucky to call Vernon our home,” gala committee chair Stacey Donison said.

Kampe’s last great gift
Colin Dacre - May 13, 2019 - Get Involved

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Prior to the death of Penticton philanthropist David Kampe last week, he had been working on the launch of a new fundraising initiative in support of the Penticton Secondary School Bursary and Scholarship Foundation.

Peter Bros. and Castanet are proud to launch that campaign today.

Founded in 1984, the foundation supports the post-secondary dreams of about 250 Penticton Secondary and Princess Margaret students annually. Last year, Kampe made a $195,000 donation to the program, effectively doubling the amount of support the foundation distributes annually.

“Our students will be our greatest success story and our ambassadors as they pursue their post-secondary dreams,” Kampe said in a statement shortly before he passed away.

“However, the economic reality of many families in Penticton does not align with the growing costs of post-secondary education. We have a responsibility as a community to do whatever we can to support our students; they are our succession plan; they are our future.”

This year, Peter Bros. is aiming to get the entire community involved in fundraising for the foundation to send even more students to college and university.

“Our goal is to raise $50,000. We are reaching out to the community for support for the foundation and our students as they move on to the next stage in their lives,” Peter Bros. general manager Peter Weeber said.

In lieu of flowers, the Kampe family is asking the public to support the foundation with a donation.

Jim Cressman of Invictus Entertainment has jumped onboard with an early donation of $2,500.

“One of the most important components to the alchemy of dream fulfillment is encouragement,” Cressman said. “Foundations like this are what bridge the gap between aspiration and inspiration.”

Madison Baxter, an aspiring elementary school teacher, was a recipient last year of a $5,000 bursary created by Kampe’s donation. Baxter said she started crying when she heard she would be getting a bursary. “It will make it a lot easier on my family, putting me through school,” she said.

While most traditional scholarships focus mainly on marks, the foundation’s bursaries take a student’s need and character into consideration.

Donations to the foundation can be made by calling 1-855-904-7033 or by dropping a cheque off made payable to “Penticton Secondary Schools Bursary and Scholarship Foundation” at the Castanet offices in Penticton.

They can also be mailed to the foundation’s address at 158 Eckhardt Ave. East, Penticton B.C., V2A 1Z3. Registered charity number is 890405244RR0001. You can also follow the progress of the fundraising campaign on Facebook.

Foundry gets major support
Okanagan Edge Staff - May 10, 2019 - Get Involved

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(L to R): Aaron McRann, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan|Similkameen; Amberlee Erdmann, YES Project coordinator; YES Youth Advisors for Foundry Hussain Satar, Emily Mosely, and Sarah Wood.

Foundry Penticton is closer to opening after a successful fundraising event last month.

The Community Foundation held a fundraiser on April 17, and it raised more than $24,000 for its $1.2 million “Futures Start Here” campaign. The foundation has raised more than $1.1 million, so it is close to reaching its goal.

“We were absolutely thrilled with the response to this fundraiser,” Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen executive director Aaron McRann said in a press release. “Honestly, our goal was to sell 150 tickets and we ended up selling more than 220. The silent auction was a huge success and many of those who attended made direct donations, on the spot, to the campaign. It was amazing.”

Kelowna philanthropist and mental health advocate Tom Budd was the keynote speaker, and he spoke about losing both of his sons to suicide.

Foundry Penticton will be located on the main floor of the Youth Centre in Penticton, which is located at 501 Main St.

“Foundry is going to have an incredible impact on the health and well-being of our youth,” campaign chair Judy Lloyd said. “Families or businesses wishing to support that vision have the opportunity to purchase a room for anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000. And I should point out that any gifts of more than $5,000 will be recognized on the donor wall.”

Yard sale to raise funds
Colin Dacre - May 10, 2019 - Get Involved

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The Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department is hosting its annual yard sale this weekend.

The event on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the fire hall at 303 Lakehill Rd., is expected to attract people from across the South Okanagan.

The yard sale is supported by donations from the community. Smaller boxes items can be dropped off at the fire hall by the two shipping containers in the back. TVs, old electronics, mattresses, cribs, car seats and hazardous materials will not be accepted.

In previous years, proceeds of the sale have funded the purchase of equipment, training, signage and response materials. A portion of funds raised have also supported BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Kaleden Community HUB food bank, Kaleden Bursary Fund, Penticton Safety Village and the Muscular Dystrophy Truck Pull.

Unsold items will be donated to local nonprofit thrift stores.

“Spread the word. Bring your friends and family members. Let’s work together to make this day a success. Your support means a lot to us,” the fire department said in an advisory.

Appetite for Art goes Saturday
Okanagan Edge Staff - May 06, 2019 - Get Involved

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The Kelowna Art Gallery will once again be hosting the Appetite for Art Fundraiser.

The evening of local artistic talent and fresh fine cuisine will held on Saturday night at the Gallery, and this year’s theme is ‘A Night in Casablanca.’ Proceeds from the event will support children’s and education programming at the gallery.

“Attendees can expect to experience the 1940s ambiance of Rick’s Café Américain club, inspired by the classic Hollywood film, along with other spaces that pay tribute to the colourful palette and unique architecture of Morocco,” KAG events co-ordinator Joshua Desnoyers said in a press release.

Johnson Legacy Wealth Management-Raymond James is the presenting sponsor, and some of the restaurants that will be providing the food are Waterfront Cafe & Catering, Joy Road Catering, Mission Hill Family Estate, Sandrine French Pastry & Chocolate, Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery, BNA Brewing Co., Basil & Mint, Central Kitchen + Bar and NOMAD Cider.

Tickets for the Appetite for Art Fundraiser are $120 per person or four for $420. They can be purchased directly from the Gallery, online at or by calling 250-762-2226.

Auto Dealers donate van
Madison Erhardt - May 04, 2019 - Get Involved

Kelowna Gospel Mission will be able to continue to help those most in need, thanks to the donation of a 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan from the Kelowna Auto Dealers Association.

The dealers handed over the keys Friday afternoon, and Gospel Mission executive director Randy Benson says his team is thrilled.

”Much of our ministry is about helping guests get to appointments and various activities, so that’s what this van will be used for,” Benson said.

The Gospel Mission was given a similar van six years ago, but it’s no longer in driveable condition.

KADA represents 18 new car dealerships in Kelowna, says Adam Rich, general manager of Sentes Automotive.

“As the city of Kelowna continues to grow, so do the challenges that arise with those needing the assistance of programs offered by Kelowna’s Gospel Mission. The KADA is extremely pleased to be able to make this contribution to our community,” Rich said.

Expo event was Awesome
Okanagan Edge Staff - May 03, 2019 - Get Involved

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More than 1,000 Central Okanagan school students showed off what they know on Thursday at the inaugural Expo of Awesome, which was held at UBC Okanagan.

The event went above and beyond the traditional science fair, as students highlighted their education to UBCO students and staff in four categories: design thinking, inquiry projects, Scratch Arcade and SumoBot.

“We prepare our learners to thrive in a rapidly changing world,” School Division 23 superintendent Kevin Kaardal said in a press release. “The Expo of Awesome is learners’ opportunity to demonstrate the innovative applied learning that happens throughout our district, as well as their agency in that learning.

“We really appreciate the support and collaboration of UBC Okanagan in helping us develop lifelong learners.”

It wasn’t only a one-way learning experience, as UBC graduate and undergraduate students, staff and faculty engaged students in nursing, chemistry, medicine and engineering activities to shed some light on post-secondary education.

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