Business gives back on hiatus

A fundraiser that has raised over $1 million for South Okanagan charities is taking a hiatus.

A fundraiser that has raised over $1 million for South Okanagan charities is taking a hiatus.

Business Gives Back, which focuses funds on the need of children and families in the community, will not be gone for long though.

“Everyone has been so busy this year we weren’t able to put it all together,” said event co-ordinator Gitta Schoenne. “It’s a great event and it will continue in the future. We have plans to change things up as well and coming back with new ideas.”

For 22 years Business Gives Back has held live and silent auctions inviting the business community to enjoy an afternoon of socializing and helping the community. In the past funds have gone to projects such as the City of Penticton Youth Park, Salvation Army Food Bank, scholarships, specific families and other community based organizations.

“I really wish we could have held it this year because it is such a great event but it is also a huge undertaking to bring it all together. We have helped raise so much money for these organizations, including a record of $80,000 over a lunch hour a few years ago. We hope to come back with a bang next year and hopefully break that record.”

Money still flowed out to the projects and organizations that made requests for this year and it will continue in future years thanks to a legacy fund.