Margaritaville blends fun into Penticton fundraiser

The third annual Margaritaville Fundraiser takes place on June 21 at the Best Damn Sports Bar with proceeds to support the Penticton Regional Hospital pediatric ward.

The downtown sports bar will turn into a beach house for the event, which is sponsored by Coldwell Banker Okanagan Realty.

“The first two years we chose to donate to the Children’s Hospital in Vancouver because my nephew ended up down there, so we did a fundraiser in honour of him. The first year we raised $12,000 and last year just over $18,000. Then this year we started about keeping it local and Coldwell was looking for a signature event,” said realtor Brian Cutler.

The South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation is working on raising funds to purchase an infant/child heart monitor and Cutler decided to focus on that project for the popular Margaritaville fundraiser.

“Providing funds for the pediatric/nursery department will service patients and their families all over the region and make a huge difference to the quality of life for their family and friends,” said Janice Perrino, director of development for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.

The SOS Medical Foundation has provided more than $30 million in funding grants to Penticton Regional Hospital since 1981.

Tickets to the third annual Margaritaville are $25, which gets you a cheeseburger in paradise, margarita or Corona, rum cake for dessert and an entry to win door prizes such as a $1,000 barbecue donated by Home Hardware. Live music will be provided by local band the Rum Runners and Herb Dixon will be emceeing the event. Cutler said they are accepting donations and there will also be a 50-50 draw, live and silent auction with a lot of great items up for grabs. Tickets can be purchased at Best Damn Sports Bar or Coldwell Banker.

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