Building partnerships in the community to find ways to give back has led Peters Bros. Construction to the Best Business of the Year in the Best of South Okanagan awards.
“It’s pretty exciting actually. It is an award in our community, so it always means more when it comes from people in the community,” said Joe Cuzzocrea, president of Peters Bros. Construction.
From partnering with the Penticton Vees hockey club to provide free tickets to kids aged 18 and under and donating to the Penticton Peach Festival to bring in top musical acts, Peters Bros. is behind many of the great events in Penticton.
“Many of us have lived here our whole lives, this community made us stronger and we are going to give back,” said Cuzzocrea.
It puts a smile on his face when walking around the South Okanagan Events Centre or Peach Festival grounds and seeing all the people having a good time.
“It is nice feeling, being able to bring people into town to support rest of the community by putting on live acts and stuff like that. With Peach Festival, one biggest free events in western Canada, it is bringing people from all over to our city which is a great thing for everyone.”
Last year Peters Bros. Construction was given the inaugural President’s Award by Peach Festival for their outstanding contributions to the event. The company also are the sponsor that has brought the RCAF Snowbirds to the city in previous years. The flight demonstration team will be returning opening night of the Peach Festival this year with the Canadian Forces Skyhawks precision parachute team and a CF-18 Hornet fighter jet.
Owner David Kampe is a key supporter of the Penticton Regional Hospital and South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation. He donated funds for a key piece of equipment for cancer and heart patients who previously had to travel to Kelowna General Hospital for the procedure, a permanent MRI and land to be used for staff parking during the construction period of the new hospital tower. The patient care tower will also be named after him, the David E. Kampe Tower, for the $6.5 million donated to the fundraising efforts over the years.
Peters Bros. Construction does work in cities across the province but has maintained their headquarters in Penticton.
“Business has been steady and we have the greatest staff in the world who do a fantastic job for us,” said Cuzzocrea.
The Best of the South Okanagan awards, as voted by the public, were handed out on June 22 at a special event held by the Penticton Western News for the businesses.