[Okanagan] [December 4, 2019] – Giving Tuesday civic celebrations were held yesterday as part of the Giving Tuesday Okanagan movement. Local civic leaders, charities, companies and citizens gathered at City Hall in Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon to recognize the official kickoff of the giving season and celebrate those that give back.

In Penticton, Mayor Vassilaki read the Giving Tuesday proclamation as the first item on the Council meeting agenda followed by a photo opp with local charities that attended the event. Tim Hortons donated coffee and treats.

In Kelowna, Deputy Mayor Loyal Wooldridge officially proclaimed Giving Tuesday inside City Hall  flanked by a large contingent of local charities. McDonalds donated coffee and treats.

In Vernon, City Councillor Akbal Mund and MLA Eric Foster hosted the local civic celebration in Vernon Council Chambers surrounded by local charities. Tim Horton’s donated treats.

Following the Giving Tuesday celebrations, United Way staff set out on a thank you tour for local corporate donors and media partners in Kelowna and Penticton delivering cookies donated by Tim Hortons and The Globe at Big White.

Kelowna and Penticton Thank You Tour

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North Okanagan Community Giving Tree

In Vernon, a Community Giving Tree was set up by United Way to encourage companies to add a company ornament and drop off a donation for their favourite charity. The tree will be located in the Prestige Vernon Lodge conference hallway until January. Donations will be accepted at the Prestige Vernon Lodge reception or United Way donations,  http://unitedwaysibc.com/locallove

Shown above: 4H Club staff add an ornament to the Community Giving Tree; Linda Yule, former United Way NOCS Executive Director adds a cheque to the tree.

Vernon Thank you tour

Thanks again to the generosity of Tim Hortons, McDonalds and The Globe Cafe for the donation of cookies and treats for this event!

Get Involved

Join the movement! There are still ways to get involved with the Giving Tuesday Okanagan movement:

  • Consider ways to “give” back to your favourite charity or community organization by donating either time, talent or treasure this holiday season.
  • Join the Giving Tuesday Okanagan Movement online. Share your campaigns, activities and ideas on our page: http://facebook.com/givingtuesdayokanagan #GivingTuesdayOkanagan #GivingTuesday

About Giving Tuesday Okanagan

The #GivingTuesdayOkanagan movement started in 2015 by Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs and United Way.  Trellis joined the movement in 2018 supporting the initiative with their online events and fundraising platform and tools. The movement includes civic proclamation/celebrations in all three cities: Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon. For more information, visit: www.givingtuesdayokanagan.com

About GivingTuesday (#GivingTuesdayCA)

GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate giving of all kinds, celebrated on the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday; this year it falls on December 3, 2019. The movement was launched in Canada in 2013 by GIV3 and CanadaHelps.org, and founded in the US in 2012 by 92nd Street Y in partnership with the UN Foundation. More info at: www.givingtuesday.ca

Website: http://givingtuesdayokanagan.com

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