Fox run helpers required
Josh Winquist - Aug 10 - Get Involved

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It is a September tradition that holds an extra special meaning in Canadian culture.

From coast to coast to coast, millions of Canadians have participated in various Terry Fox runs for almost 40 years.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have been raised for cancer treatments and research, and awareness would not be where it is today if not for Terry Fox and the charitable runs that bear his name.

The Terry Fox Run is the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research, and more than $750 million had been raised in his name as of January 2018.

All of this isn’t possible without dedicated volunteers, and they are needed this year in Vernon.

“The Terry Fox Run has been with us in Vernon since 1985,” Donna White, the Terry Fox Foundation provincial director for B.C. and the Yukon said in a press release. “An astounding $183,000 has been raised at the Vernon run for innovative cancer research.”

“Volunteers are needed to strengthen Vernon’s Terry Fox Run and make it an even bigger success than ever before,” White said.

As a volunteer, your responsibilities may include recruiting committee members, confirming the route, promoting the run and overseeing run day activities on Sunday, Sept. 16.

If you wish to volunteer with a truly grassroots organization that values all contributions and whose mission it is to help every cancer patient, please contact White at 1-888-836-9786 or [email protected] for more information.

Blizzards for a good cause
Madison Erhardt - Aug 09 - Get Involved

If you ever needed an excuse to buy ice cream, today is the day.

It’s Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen, when 100 per cent of the proceeds go to the Children’s Miracle Network.

It’s the busiest day of the year for the DQ on Gordon Drive in Kelowna.

“Well, it’s special. This is definitely the most special day of the year for our store, for all the staff. Everybody is excited, everybody is happy to be here and to promote the children’s hospital,” general manager Daniel Joseph said.

“I suspect we will make over one thousand Blizzards today,” he added.

The Gordon Drive DQ location is open until 10 p.m.

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Pirate Pak Day soon
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 09 - Get Involved

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Next week you’ll be able to feel like a kid again and help a good cause at the same time.

White Spot’s 62 restaurants in B.C. and Alberta next Wednesday will be offering Adult Pirate Paks for the ninth consecutive year, and a toonie from every sale will benefit the Zajac Ranch for Children, a local charity that provides kids and young adults with life-threatening illnesses and chronic disabilities a unique summer camp experience.

Pirate Pak Day has raised more than $660,000 since its inception and sent more than 400 people to camp. This year’s White Spot Week runs Aug. 20-23.

Gorman Group raises $60K
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 07 - Get Involved

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(L to R) Helen Jackman, David Pazdzierski, Nicole Arkle, Nick Stulberg, Brad Gilbert, Robert Blackhall and Justin Sharko

Gorman Bros Lumber came up big in its United Way campaign this year.

The Okanagan lumber business, which started in 1951 and has not forgotten its role in the community, on Tuesday handed over a cheque for more than $60,000 to the United Way Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen division.

Employee donations came in around the $30,000 mark, and the business matched that total to take the total past the $60,000 mark. Gorman Bros Lumber donated the second most money among more than 110 businesses in the region.

“The United Way is an important partner that enables us to ‘give back’ in an organized and efficient manner ensuring the biggest impact for donated support,” Gorman Group co-CEO Nick Arkle said in a press release. “It is an expression of a community working together to ensure that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

Bocce tourney fills coffers
Chantelle Deacon - Jul 30 - Get Involved

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The 13th annual Greater Vernon Open charity bocce tournament on Saturday was a huge success.

The GVO is Western Canada’s largest single-day bocce tournament while raising thousands for the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Ride Don’t Hide campaign.

The tournament organizers, Ed Schratter and Bill Trickey, were pleased with the turnout, as teams from all over B.C., Alberta and competitors from as far away as Scotland and Austria battled it out on the grass.

“Every year, more and more people are booking their holidays to the Okanagan around the GVO,” said Schratter. “Like many families, we’ve struggled with the impact that mental illness can have, not only on the person suffering but on family members as well.  We know that the first way to help is to acknowledge the illness, to address it without shame or guilt so that it can be dealt with in the open like any other illness.”

The tournament took place at Coldstream Park near Vernon.

Since 2010 Okanagan Spring Brewery has partnered to help make the charity event such a big success.

“We cannot express enough how grateful we are to our hometown brewery, Okanagan Spring,” said Trickey. “The support that we receive from Okanagan Spring allows us the opportunity to divert funds to Ride Don’t Hide. It is great when local businesses team up with local charity events like the GVO and the combination of beer and bocce is hard to beat.”

Local boys Dave Hentschel and Ryan Best went up against two brothers from Surrey, and the Vernon duo ended up securing the win.

Mamma Mia for Mamas
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 26 - Get Involved

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The Mamma Mia musical will be helping out Mamas of a different kind next month.

Kelowna Actors Studio will perform the well-known production from Thursday, Aug. 2 to Saturday, Aug. 11 at Kelowna Community Theatre, and $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Mamas for Mamas, a local charity that helps young families get through tough economic times.

There will also be a special sing-a-long performance on Tuesday, Aug. 7, for those wanting to belt out ABBA’s songs.

Award-winning jazz vocalist Anna Jacyszyn will star as the mother of the bride, while Sidney Cummings will play the bride. Other members of the cast include Delphine Litke, Laura Lebbon, Desmond Parenteau, Nathan Flavel, Andrew DePieri, Vinny Keats, Kurt Werner, Jerome Laroche, Julia Chambers and Celeste Catena.

Randy Leslie will direct the performance, and Jennifer Davies will serve as the choreographer.

Tickets are $52 and can be purchased online.

Free pap clinic on tap
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 25 - Get Involved

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Dr. Glenn Benoit wants to make sure women who don’t have a care card or a medical services coverage plan can still get a pap smear.

Dr. Benoit, who works out of Kelowna Regional Fertility Centre, will be conducting a free walk-in pap clinic at his office next Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 3 to 6 p.m.

“Pap smears save lives,” Dr. Benoit said in a press release. “This is a simple test that can help prevent cervical cancer. The pap test detects cell changes on your cervix that, if left untreated for several years, could eventually turn into cervical cancer.

“When changes in cervical cells are found early, they can often be treated effectively before they become dangerous. Regular pap testing can reduce cervical cancer deaths by 70 per cent.”

All women between the ages of 25 to 69 are welcome, and those interested in attending can book an appointment by calling 250-861-6818 or by simply walking into the office, which is located at 1630 Pandosy St.

“We would like to do our first pap clinic in the late afternoon and into the evening to assist those women that can not leave work, school or other commitments during the day for a doctor’s appointment,” KRFC office manager and nurse co-ordinator Angie Mace said in a press release. “Pap tests are so very important to stay on top of and can truly save lives if caught early.”

More information can be found on the KRFC website.

“It is an honour to support our community with this health care initiative that Dr. Benoit is providing,” Dr. Benoit’s colleague, Dr. Kathy Wise, said in the release. “Please take advantage of this opportunity to do a simple test that has a great impact on your health. Did you know that you may only need to do your pap smear every three years if you have a normal result? You are the best advocate for your own body and for cancer prevention, so please come and see us if you need a pap smear.”

Delicious fundraiser on tap
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 24 - Get Involved

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Culinary Team BC is raising money for its trip to the 2020 IKA Culinary Olympics, and your taste buds could be the winners if you aid in that quest.

The team will be hosting an exclusive, seven-course, wine-paired fundraising dinner this Sunday night at Predator Ridge’s Commonage Ballroom. The cost is $149.95 per person, there are only 96 tickets available, and they can be purchased at

Some of the items on the menu include duck, wild boar and sablefish.

There will also be a silent auction and live entertainment from Bex Troock Music. Predator Ridge is donating the banquet kitchen and ballroom, and all proceeds will go directly to the team.

The IKA Culinary Olympics will take place in Stuttgart, Germany, in February 2020.

Free food for firefighters
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 23 - Get Involved

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Nomadic Bannock is doing what it can to give back to the firefighters who have been busy keeping Okanagan residents and their property safe during wildfire season.

The business is going to set up its mobile food trailer tonight next to the firefighters’ camp in West Kelowna, which is in the empty field next to the A&W located at 3640 Gellatly Rd., and will be providing free food to those who are fighting the fire.

“This is an opportunity to not only give back to the firefighters for what they have done for us summer after summer, but a teachable moment for our kids who help run our business,” Nomadic Bannock owner Lana Donaldson said. “It’s not always about making money. This could be a good example to be set for other people in the community who would like to give back but don’t know how, and we are hoping it will start a pay-it-forward train.”

JoeAnna’s House feels love
Okanagan Edge Staff - Jul 23 - Get Involved

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JoeAnna’s House received a big boost last week.

The Kelowna General Hospital Foundation project, which will be a home away from home for the families of out-of-town KGH patients, received $61,500 from Meiklejohn Architects, TEAM Construction and their consultants. It was a combination of personal and corporate gifts in addition to numerous volunteer hours by the staffs of all organizations.

“When we work together, challenges that seem impossible become possible,” Chad Gould TEAM Construction owner Chad Gould said. “We have a really special group committed to this project. Everyone’s heart is in the right place. Everyone is giving what they can. It feels really good to be a part of something that will provide such a huge impact in our community for years to come.”

“We’ve really come to realize that it’s about working together that makes JoeAnna’s House such a special project,” Meiklejohn architect Stoke Tonne said. The firm’s owner, Jim Meiklejohn, and his partner, Shirley Ng, have made a personal donation to the project as well.

TEAM Construction will open up the tender to trades in early fall.

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