Lions help out kiddies
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 27, 2020 - Get Involved

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(L to R): Lions Club members John Gates, Tom Mackie, Barry Armbrust, Erv Schmidt and Bud French.

The Kelowna-Rutland Lions Club came through recently with a large cheque that will help children and youth in need.

The group donated $1,500 to the Kelowna Family YMCA and its Strong Kids campaign. That will make it possible for more underprivileged children, youth and families from our community to access Y child care and other programs that will support their health, development and positively impact their lives.

One of the Lions’ key missions is to support children through scholarships, recreation and mentoring.

Mamas gala going ahead
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 26, 2020 - Get Involved

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Birds Papaya author Sarah Landry will be one of the Mamas for Mamas gala guests.

Mamas for Mamas will be hosting its sixth annual gala in less than three weeks.

The event will be a national affair, and it will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14. It will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the lineup of special guests is impressive nonetheless.

CMT legend Casey Clarke will emcee the gala, which will include visits from Jillian Harris, The Birds Papaya author Sarah Landry, health and beauty entrepreneur Jess Tetu and author Dr. Jody Carrington. Live entertainment will be provided by country music star and honourary mama Aaron Pritchett.

Since Mamas for Mamas is based in Kelowna, those in the Okanagan have a shot at a special bonus. A silent auction is being conducted, with the winner getting one of 10 local chefs to come to their home and prepare a meal for their bubble during the gala. Each course will be paired with Sandhill Wines. More on the chef auction can be found here.

“In 2020 we have seen a surge of requests and the needs from individuals and families needing a hand up from all of our Mamas for Mamas branches in the country we knew that not hosting a gala this year is not possible in order for us to ensure that no one goes out without the support that they require,” Mamas for Mamas founder and CEO Shannon Christensen said in a press release.

“When it was determined that it would not be possible for our 2020 gala to be an in-person fundraiser, we saw this as an opportunity to engage with our Mamas for Mamas branches from across the country. This format allows us to host more attendees and give the opportunity for anyone to attend regardless of your budget. All guests will also have access to our incredible live and silent auctions.”

Tickets are $25 to attend on Zoom and can be purchased here.

Missionwood finds way for Y
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 23, 2020 - Get Involved

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Kelowna’s Missionwood Retirement Resort had to change course this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it still managed to raise thousands of dollars for the YMCA.

The retirement home normally hosts the Gift of Giving Turkey Luncheon every December, attracting more than 300 people in the process, but that was unable to happen this year due to the pandemic.

Instead, it conducted a drive-through soup pickup just prior to Thanksgiving and raised $3,734 for the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.

“We know how impacted the YMCA has been due to the pandemic, and we wanted to come up with a safe and innovative way to support their charitable work this year with local underprivileged children and youth,” Missionwood marketing director Corinne Ginther said. “Our chef, Chad, made hundreds of one-litre containers of homemade turkey and pumpkin soup, which were pre-ordered by our residents and the community, and picked up on October 7th without people even getting out of their car.”

Missionwood since 2014 has raised more than $31,000 for the Strong Kids Campaign, which enables local, low-income children and families to participate in Y programs.

Shaq pizza raises big bucks
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 23, 2020 - Get Involved

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Papa John’s Canada has raised more than $40,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada through sales of a special pizza.

The pizza chain, which has locations throughout the Thompson Okanagan, donated one dollar from every Shaq-a-Roni pizza sold between June 29 and Aug. 23 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada. The pizza was created in honour of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, who is also a Papa John’s franchisee and a former Boys & Girls Clubs member.

There are many Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada locations around the Thompson Okanagan as well.

“The money raised through the Shaq-a-Roni is going to incredible organizations that support causes like COVID-19 relief and the fight against racial injustice,” O’Neal said in a press release. “As a Boys & Girls Clubs alum, I know the impact Papa John’s’ continued support is having on these kids and their families’ lives.”

Money raised from the pizza, which is an extra large with extra pepperoni, will help address challenges posed by COVID-19 for kids and their families.

“It has been incredible to see the enthusiasm of Shaq, the Papa John’s Canada corporate team, and local franchisees as they bring this partnership north of the border,” Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada president and CEO Owen Charters said. “Our counterparts at Boys & Girls Clubs of America have been working with Shaq and Papa John’s for quite a while, so working with us was a natural fit—and more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are grateful for their generous donations and advocacy for our clubs, and we look forward to building this partnership here in Canada.”

Tractor auction to aid O’Keefe
John Lawless - Oct 22, 2020 - Get Involved

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One local business is stepping up to help Historic O’Keefe Ranch.

Timberstar Tractor will be facilitating the auction of four authentic vintage tractors that will be open to the public.

One hundred per cent of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the ranch.

“We love this important piece of Vernon’s history and would love to do what we can to help,” marketing coordinator Deborah Cohen said. “2020 has been a difficult year for many businesses, including the ranch.”

The tractors were donated by Burbridge Farm Ltd., a company based out of Lethbridge, Alta.

There are four tractors that are up for bidding, which are all part of the Minneapolis Moline collection. Each tractor has undergone thorough inspections and has been outfitted with new tires.

“These tractors were very popular on farms across Canada during the early pioneering times,” Cohen said. “Currently, they can be used for fieldwork, prepping land or as an addition to an antique tractor collection.”

Tractors will be sold to the highest bidders when the auction period is over at the end of November. You can place a bid online, or you can place it in person at the Timberstar showroom.

Kelowna home up for grabs
Miriam Halpenny - Oct 16, 2020 - Get Involved

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Tickets for the Millionaire Lottery, which supports the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, are now on sale, and a multi-million dollar Kelowna home is up for grabs.

Money raised through the lottery helps fund innovative research, adult health care and goes towards the purchase of crucial medical equipment at VGH, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, Vancouver Community Health Services and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.

“Everyday medical needs didn’t stop when COVID-19 hit,” VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation CEO Angela Chapman said in a press release. “Throughout this pandemic, our researchers and medical teams who treat patients from across B.C. have done a tremendous job looking after the patients in their care.

“Millionaire Lottery funds are as important as ever as we continue to ensure that our world-class health care teams are equipped with the tools and technology they need to provide the best care possible. On behalf of the foundation, thank you to everyone who supports the Millionaire Lottery. You are vital to helping us transform health care.”

The winner of the Millionaire Lottery can choose one of eight grand prize packages.

  • Grand Prize #1 – South Surrey Package worth over $3.1 million. Located at 16722 McNair Drive, Surrey.
  • Grand Prize #2 – Abbotsford Package worth over $2.9 million. Located at 35442 Verado Court, Abbotsford.
  • Grand Prize #3 – Courtenay Package worth over $2.9 million. Located at 2117 Crown Isle Drive, Courtenay.
  • Grand Prize #4 – North Vancouver Package worth over $2.9 million. Located at unit #303 or #307 – 175 Victory Shipway, North Vancouver.
  • Grand Prize #5 – Vancouver Package worth over $2.9 million. Located at #2201 – 1618 Quebec Street, Vancouver.
  • Grand Prize #6 – Two home package – SookePoint Ocean Cottage and SEMIAH, White Rock. Package worth over $2.9 million.
  • Grand Prize #7 – Kelowna worth over $2.9 million. Located at Kestrel Ridge – 460 or 460 Hawk’s Perch Lane, Kelowna.
  • Grand Prize Choice #8 – $2.7 million tax-free cash.

“During this global pandemic, there has never been a better time to support the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. This year, the Millionaire Lottery has over 3,100 prizes to win; valued at over $4.2 million,” Millionaire Lottery spokesperson Todd Talbot said.

Tickets are on sale now until midnight on Jan. 8, 2021, or until the lottery sells out.

To purchase tickets click here or call 604-602-5848, toll-free: 1-888-445-5825 or in-person at any London Drugs location.

Starfish fruit costs covered
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 15, 2020 - Get Involved

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Ron Harper Wealth Management Group

A Vernon financial group stepped up in a big way this week to help keep children fed at all times.

The Ron Harper Wealth Management Group, which is part of RBC Dominion Securities, made a donation to Kalamalka Starfish Society. The organization operates the Starfish Pack Program, which works to improve to Vernon’s poverty statistics.

The amount of the donation was undisclosed, but Kalamalka Starfish Society said the money will cover the fruit children receive in their packs each week until 2022.

Approximately one in five children in B.C. live in poverty and often go more than a full day without eating a healthy meal. Each week, approximately 15 local volunteers pack 78 bags with food and deliver to 11 schools. The Starfish packs provide enough food for two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, fresh fruit and snacks for every weekend of the school year.

RBC Dominion Securities, which is a regular sponsor of the program, made another donation this year from the RBC Foundation.

More information about the Starfish Pack Program can be found here.

TD supports Health Sciences Centre
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 15, 2020 - Get Involved

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TD’s Rob Lindstrand poses with Okanagan College’s Helen Jackman.

TD Bank has donated $15,000 to Okanagan College to help with the construction of the school’s new Health Sciences Centre that is being built on its Kelowna campus.

The donation will help support new equipment for the nursing lab that will be used by future registered nurses and health-care assistants. Specifically, it will go towards equipping the lab with a modern lift and gantry, enabling students to practise on the same equipment they’ll see in hospitals and in long-term care homes.

“Part of creating better health outcomes for patients is to provide aspiring health care professionals with the right training, tools and equipment to help them succeed,” TD Commercial Banking’s Interior vice-president Robert Lindstrand said in a press release.

“All of us at TD are thrilled to provide this funding for Okanagan College to help ensure its health-care students have the confidence and skills needed to deliver quality care for patients in their practice.”

Kamloops Symphony sale returns
Amandalina Letterio - Oct 14, 2020 - Get Involved

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Barb’s Used Book and Music Sale is returning at full capacity next month.

After a small pop-up version appeared in August, the Kamloops Symphony’s semi-annual fundraiser will return to its full size for the fall edition.

The sale will be at 444 Seymour St. and will run from Saturday, Nov. 14, until Saturday, Nov. 28. Monday to Saturday hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday hours will be 1 to 5 p.m.

An abundance of gently used books, sheet music, vinyl records, DVDs and CDs have been donated, and are available for just two bucks. Proceeds go toward the Kamloops Symphony’s operating expenses, concert productions and educational programs.

Barb’s Used Book and Music Sale is still accepting items; donations can be dropped off at the Seymour Street location between Oct. 26 and 30, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. COVID-19 restrictions prevent volunteers and staff from providing any physical on-site assistance with donations, and no donations can be accepted during the sale itself.

Credit Union does some good
Okanagan Edge Staff - Oct 09, 2020 - Get Involved

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Salmon Arm Saving and Credit Union is ready to Do Some Good.

SASCU will be celebrating International Credit Union Day next Thursday, Oct. 15, and has teamed up with the Do Some Good initiative to document its community deeds and get community groups involved at the same time.

Do Some Good is an online platform that connects non-profits and volunteers. The partnership will streamline SASCU’s community support application process for non-profits, and showcase SASCU’s support for local projects and events.

“Each year we look forward to celebrating Credit Union Day,” SASCU Financial Group CEO Barry Delaney said in a press release. “It is a day where we recognize the impact credit unions have in our community. This year we are joining the Do Some Good group to highlight our role as a credit union in strengthening our communities.

“Our participation in Do Some Good also allows non-profits in our area to join the platform for free.”

SASCU will be celebrating its 75th anniversary next year.

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