Good time will help animals
Sydney Chisholm - 8:18 am - Get Involved

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Live music, a bottle of local wine and a charcuterie board—and the proceeds go to the Kamloops branch of the BC SPCA.

If that sounds good to you, you might want to check out the Tail Gate Series, a collaboration with the Kamloops Wine Trail featuring live music, local wine and charcuterie, all in hopes of raising money for the BC SPCA’s Kamloops and district location.

Tickets to the outdoor event are $95 and include entrance for two people, a bottle of wine, charcuterie and a wine tasting voucher.

Taking place at various wineries Aug. 5, Aug. 12 and Aug. 19, the event is classified as BYOB—bring your own blanket or lawn chair—because the live performances will have limited seating available.

Tickets to the event can be purchased here.

Teaming up for car giveaway
Victoria Femia - 7:53 am - Get Involved

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One lucky Armstrong family in need could be the new owner of a 2001 Chevy Impala.

A few local business owners are giving away a 2001 Chevy Impala to a local family in need. Tim Miller of Extreme Mobile Auto Detailing is spearheading the Armstrong Car Giveaway.

“I’ve thought about doing this for a long time. When I came across the 2001 Chevy Impala in the spring, I knew it was perfect,” Miller said.

He contacted a few local industry professionals to find out what the car would require for a tune-up.

“When this came up, I knew this was a great opportunity to give back to the community. Armstrong is a nice family town. You don’t know everyone by name, but you walk down the street and you know the faces and everyone here greets each other,” One-Stop Automotive owner-technician Bernd Klaila said.

Klaila donated labour towards the car and partnered with Lordco in Armstrong for free parts. Lordco regional manager James Burgess said participating in this giveaway was a no-brainer.

“Lordco is British Columbia owned and operated, and we always help communities out,” Burgess said.

Miller contacted Pat Nelson of Nelson’s Glass for a new windshield, once the engine was fully functional.

“This community has been a huge support of my business and my family. I was born and raised here. People aren’t always willing to come forward if they are in need, so sometimes it can be hard to help,” Nelson said.

“Some people aren’t so keen to ask, but that is why the nomination part of this is so valuable.”

The Armstrong Car Giveaway is a nomination contest. Friends, family members or neighbours must nominate someone by sending a 150 to 500 word story answering the question of why they believe this car would benefit the nominee to [email protected] by Oct. 1.

The nominees must be an Armstrong resident with a B.C. driver’s licence.

Run for Women raises $50K
Jayden Wasney - Jul 29, 2021 - Get Involved

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The ninth annual Run for Women raised more than $3.5 million in support of women’s mental health, including $53,846 for the Kelowna chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

The event, held virtually for the second year in a row, brought together more than 25,000 participants from across Canada who completed their own 5K or 10K walk or run over eight days. Every dollar raised by the event goes to help mothers, daughters and friends in the community to take the next step to recovery.

Participants in the Kelowna area walked and ran in support of Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna, which generated a lot of support.

“The Run for Women is so important to our organization, not only in terms of the funds raised but also the outpouring of support we see every year from event participants and the community overall,” CMHA Kelowna CEO Shelagh Turner said.

One in three women are affected by mental health disorders like depression and anxiety, and during the pandemic women have been disproportionately impacted by mental health.

“We are grateful for the LOVE YOU by Shoppers Drug Mart program for their ongoing and enthusiastic support of the run. The impact of this event is invaluable to our mental health programs that support and empower women so they can better manage their mental health.”

Skogie’s gives $50K to college
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 29, 2021 - Get Involved

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(L to R): Dana Skoglund, Chris Skoglund, David Skoglund, Moyra Skoglund, Jenna Skoglund, Jason Skoglund, Melissa Hayward and Graeme Hayward.

Skogie’s is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, so it has donated $50,000 to Okanagan College’s Our Students, Your Health campaign.

“We’ve hired a lot of Okanagan College students over the years,” David Skoglund, who founded the car wash company in 1971, said in a press release. “We want to support young people and help them get ahead, and we also wanted to give back to our community.”

The Our Students, Your Health campaign is funding the new Health Sciences Centre on the Kelowna campus, and there will also be two annual awards set up for students in the automotive service technician and therapist assistant diploma programs.

The campaign is now $1 million shy of its $5 million fundraising goal.

David Skoglund and his wife, Moyra, came to the Okanagan in 1971 with dreams of owning their own business. They purchased Big Eagle Car Wash, which later evolved into the first Skogie’s location on Highway 97 and Underhill Street.

The company now has four locations, including three in Kelowna and one in Vernon, and has washed nearly 11 million cars. The second generation, sons Jason and Chris Skoglund, are now running the business.

“We know how hard it is for young people to go to school and have the funding to pay for their living expenses and education,” said Moyra Skoglund, who is a retired school teacher. “We hope this helps students achieve their career goals.”

Skogie’s will be hosting its 50th anniversary party on Friday, Aug. 6, at its Kelowna and Vernon locations. There will be prizes and discounts, a barbecue and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers needed in Penticton
Chelsea Powrie - Jul 28, 2021 - Get Involved

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Want to volunteer and be part of the Granfondo Axel Merckx and Subaru Ironman this summer in Penticton?

The Granfondo is scheduled for Sept. 19, 2021, and needs 400 volunteers to support up to 2,300 cyclists in the event. Ironman Canada is scheduled a week later, on Sept. 26, 2021, and needs to recruit 2,000 volunteers to support the athletes expected to participate.

“Penticton is renowned for our support of these global events,” City of Penticton general manager of community services Anthony Haddad said.

“We’re working hard to build on the tradition of these events in Penticton and hope to revive the support of our volunteers.”

The city is hosting Pedal Penticton on Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon in Gyro Park as part of the opening of the first sections of the Lake-to-Lake Bike Route.

The event will feature a group ride on the route and a community expo with e-bike demos, children’s mountain bike obstacle course, trishaw rides, swag bags for the first 100 riders and much more to raise awareness of the route and to get the community involved in cycling.

Information about volunteer opportunities and sign-up sheets for Granfondo and Ironman Canada will be provided at the city’s tent at the event.

“Some of my fondest memories involve seeing our community come together to host these important events. Our volunteers have the skills and experience to make these events successful,” Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki said.

“I encourage the army of volunteers to dust off their T-shirts, come down to Pedal Penticton and sign-up to support these events and Penticton’s economic recovery.”

More information about these events can be found at the following websites: Pedal PentictonGranfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan and Ironman Canada Penticton.

Habitat draw approaching fast
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 27, 2021 - Get Involved

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The deadline to purchase tickets for Habitat for Humanity Okanagan’s 50/50 draw is almost here.

The public has until Friday at noon to buy tickets online for the draw, which is helping the organization raise money during the COVID-19 pandemic. If all tickets are sold, the jackpot will be worth $13,750.

“The community support through all of these months have really meant a lot to us,” Habitat for Humanity Okanagan CEO Andrea Manifold said in a press release. “We are beginning to come out of pandemic mode and lockdowns after several months. However, we still have to make up some ground on the lost revenues that we would typically generate through our community fundraising efforts.

“Our online 50/50 draw is a hassle-free way to begin getting back on track with all of our community engagement.”

Tickets, which are available to be purchased in B.C. only, are $10 for one, $25 for three or $50 for 10. They can be purchased here.

Studying Alzheimer’s disease in Kelowna
Jayden Wasney - Jul 20, 2021 - Community

Okanagan Clinical Trials is seeking people who live with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease to participate in a research study.

The medical research company from Kelowna will conduct the study to determine the effectiveness and safety of an investigational non-invasive home-use device, the Vielight Neuro RX Gamma.

“As the prevalence of Alzheimer’s dementia rises in the absence of a disease-modifying intervention, we welcome this clinical trial which aims to explore the therapeutic benefits of light therapy in the care of patients with Alzheimer’s dementia,” said Dr. Eugene Okorie, Principal Investigator.

Men and women aged 50 and older who have been diagnosed with the disease are eligible to take part in the study. Approximately 8-12 sites in Canada and the USA will participate in this clinical study, and participation in the study will last 24 weeks. All study-related care will be provided at no cost, and participants are free to opt out of the study at any time.

“Our clinic is encouraged and excited to see all the new potential therapies in clinical research for Alzheimer’s disease, including this current study looking at photobiomodulation or light therapy as a way to stop the progression of the disease,” said Dr. Kim Christie, President of Okanagan Clinical Trials.

If you’d like to learn more about the study or get involved, click here.

Cultural centre fundraising coming
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 12, 2021 - Get Involved

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Fundraising for the Greater Vernon Cultural Centre is set to begin.

The campaign is called Together4Culture and is being supported by the Downtown Vernon Association and the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce.

The goal is to raise $5 million in private funds for a new centre, which will need money from other avenues as well to pay for the $39.5 million tab. Residents of Coldstream, Vernon and Areas B and C voted in 2018 to borrow up to $25 million for the centre, and the Regional District of North Okanagan is also seeking senior government funding.

“We want to reach out to those who have a special place in their hearts for Greater Vernon and let them know that with their help and the backing of the community, we will have an amazing space to explore,” Together4Culture’s communications co-chair Julie Melanson said in a press release.

The organization’s goal is to collect the $5 million over the next two years.

“Together, we can make this happen,” Vernon Public Art Gallery executive director Dauna Kennedy said. “We want donors to be able to plan their giving in advance and to know the committee is flexible in how donations are made.

“The campaign will provide various giving options with some donors who may consider setting up regular or monthly tax-deductible donations or contributing through a transfer of their securities.”

Bottle drive will build houses
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 09, 2021 - Get Involved

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If you have a big pile of empties after the recent heat wave, Saturday is the time to return them and help a great cause.

Habitat for Humanity Okanagan will be hosting a bottle drive on Saturday at its ReStore locations between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The stores are located on Enterprise Way in Kelowna and on Ross Road in West Kelowna.

The organization, which like all others had to change or postpone its fundraisers due to the COVID-19 pandemic, held a successful bottle drive in the spring and are looking to duplicate it this weekend.

“Your bottles build houses,” Habitat for Humanity Okanagan CEO Andrea Manifold said in a press release.

Habitat for Humanity’s goal is to provide affordable home ownership to those who need it most, and its fundraising efforts primarily go towards supplies needed for construction.

The bottles do not have to be sorted, and Habitat volunteers will be on hand to take them straight from your vehicle.

Donate your old car seat
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 06, 2021 - Get Involved

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Mamas for Mamas will be the benefactors this month when BCAA conducts a child car seat recycling drive.

The pilot program started on Monday and will continue until July 31. BCAA is asking B.C. residents to donate their old child car seats instead of throwing them in the landfill. The organization will donate $5 to the local chapter of Mamas for Mamas for every car seat that is donated.

“There’s a very real safety reason why child car seats have a shelf life,” BCAA community engagement director Shawn Pettipas said in a press release. “The expiry date is stamped on the seat to keep our kids as safe as possible on the roads.

“We’re excited about BCAA’s new pilot program because recycling is an environmentally friendly way to take potentially dangerous seats out of circulation, while giving a second life to many of the materials. It’s a win-win.”

BCAA is partnering with non-profit social enterprise ATMO Recycling for the pilot program, which will turn the car seats into everything from dog leashes to garden tools. It usually costs between $8 and $25 to drop off a car seat at an independent private waste or recycling facility.

Anyone wishing to drop off an old child car seat can do so by registering here and dropping it off at Kelowna BCAA Auto Service Centre, which is located at 1545 Keehn Rd.

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