June 6, 2019 – Yesterday, United Way hosted their annual South Okanagan Community Appreciation Celebration at Poplar Grove Winery. The event recognizes all the campaign contributors such as workplaces, corporate and media sponsors, charity partners, volunteers and community leaders who drive the campaign forward every year. These generous acts of local love ultimately supported 17 local charities and over 18,600 vulnerable people in the South Okanagan and Similkameen communities.

Shown Above: TD Bank Penticton’s Colin Wright, Amrika Tikasingh, Bruce Murray and United Way SIBC’s Jeremy Lugowy

Thanks to TD Bank Penticton who sponsored the event, guests were treated to delicious appetizers from Vanilla Pod Restaurant and a glass of wine from Poplar Grove Winery. The crowd of 60+ people enjoyed a short ceremony where the United Way team provided appreciation certificates to workplace campaigns, corporate and media partners and acknowledged all the efforts of those that contribute to the campaign whether it be time, talent or treasure including charity partners and volunteers.

Community leaders from the region were also in attendance including MLA Dan Ashton, Penticton Mayor John Vassilaki, District of Summerland Mayor Toni Boot, Summerland Councillor Richard Barkwill, and Summerland Chamber of Commerce Executive Director David Hull.

The following organizations were recognized for their contributions to the 2018/2019 campaign:

Workplace campaigns:

  • BCAA
  • BMO
  • Canadian Border Services Agency
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • CIBC
  • Fortis
  • ICBC
  • Interior Savings Insurance
  • London Drugs
  • Prospera Credit Union
  • RBC
  • Service Canada
  • Summerland Research and Development Centre
  • TD Bank
  • Veterans Affairs

Corporate Sponsors and Partners (Penticton Drive Thru platinum and gold sponsors):

  • Cascades Casino
  • IGA
  • Murray Buick GMC
  • Natures Fare Markets
  • Penticton Lakeside Resort
  • Penticton Speedway
  • Print Factory
  • Sherwood Signs and Graphics
  • Tim Hortons
  • Valley First

Thanks to all the Drive Thru contributors!

Save-the-date for the 7th annual Drive Thru – September 26, 2019. 

Media Sponsors:

  • Bell Media – Sun FM and EZ Rock
  • Castanet
  • Penticton Herald
  • Penticton Western News (Black Press)

For more info on the impact of local donations in the South, download the 2018/2019 South Okanagan/Similkameen community investments overview.

On behalf of the United Way Southern Interior BC staff and Board, we thank everyone for their contributions and commitment to the community! Together, we are making an impact on the lives of children, youth, families and seniors in the region.






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