The annual PenTown Throwdown is one of the highlights of the 2017 Penticton Peach Festival. The event takes place Aug. 12 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Penticton Youth Park. File photo

YES barbecue fundraiser at Pentown Throwdown

Drive to build a youth resource centre gets a boost from BMX and skateboarding event

The YES Project (Youth Engagement Strategy) is the chosen charity for this years barbecue fundraiser at the Pentown Throwdown on Aug. 12.

The barbecue, sponsored by IGA Penticton, takes place from noon to 4 p.m. while the BMX and skateboard competition is underway. The BBQ fundraiser is by donation and is .

Colin Powell, owner of Marketplace IGA, got on board with the project and is donating all the food and supplies for the fundraiser, allowing 100 per cent of the donations to go directly to the YES campaign to build a youth resource centre.

“Not only were we very grateful to be the charity chosen to help raise money for our Youth Resource Centre, but the event promotes a healthy and positive activity for youth to participate in during Peachfest,” said Amberlee Erdmann, YES Project co-ordinator.

Ryan Wuthe, Boyd Auto Body operations manager and Peach Festival director has also planned free face painting, as well as other activities and entertainment while the competition is underway, including a performance by rapper Little T (Travis Turner).

The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan | Similkameen launched the YES Project’s fundraising campaign for the Youth Resource Centre during the Healthy Living Fair in March 2017. This fundraiser is just another great example of the community coming together to support the YES Project.

“There have been some very generous and passionate donors, businesses and local organizations who have stepped forward, made donations and commitments to supporting Penticton youth through the Youth Resource Centre,” said Aaron McRann, CFSOS executive director.

The YES Project is committed to creating positive change for Penticton youth by working side-by-side with young people who want to make a difference. The YES Project supports youth aged 12-24 years old. For more info about The YES project visit: www.pentictonyouth.ca.

The competition takes place at the Penticton Youth Park skatebowl, near Loco Landing Adventure Park, with registration between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday. There is $2000 in cash prizes and registration is $20. The competition is a helmet mandatory event and is open to amateurs.