(From left) Sue Walker of the Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Society, Valerie Blow of the Osoyoos Desert Society, and Isobel Mantle from the Princeton Community Arts Council display the cheques the organizations received at the first 100 Men Who Care meeting for 2019. Photo submitted

100 Men Who Care starts the year off strong

Penticton group has now donated a total of $72,800 to 33 l0cal charities and non-profits

100 Men Who Care Penticton met for the first time this year at TIME Winery & Kitchen on Jan. 23 and raised $6,700 for local non-profits.

The group meets four times per year and pools member money at each meeting to be distributed to three invited charities. The charities present a five-minute presentation about their cause and how this funding will help and the members vote for which charity should take the lionshare of the donation.

The winner receives 80 per cent of the donation and the other two split the remaining 20 per cent. At the latest meeting, the group heard presentations from Osoyoos Desert Society, Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Society and Princeton Community Arts Council.

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The Osoyoos Desert Society received the most votes and walked away with $5,360 to support their ongoing education progams and their mission to provide opportunities for children to connect with and learna bout nature at the Osoyoos Desert Centre.

The Okanagan Falls Heritage and Museum Society and the Princeton Community Arts Council received $670 each. To date, 100 Men Who Care has donated $72,800 to 33 local nonprofits.

Those in attendance at the January meeting also heard from Jennifer Anderson, reginoal director of the South Okanagan Boys and Girls Club, about how a previous donation from the group helped their operations.

For more information about the next 100 Men Who Care Penticton meeting and membership, visit www.100menpenticton.com. For more information regarding a similar organization for women, visit www.cfso.net, click ‘Programs’ and then click ‘100 Women’.

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