(From left to right) Denise Eastlick, executive director of the Osoyoos Desert Society; Paul Varga, president of the Penticton Rotary Club and Carey Bornn, executive director of the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation. The three groups were recipients of donations from 100 Men Who Care Penticton. Submitted photo

Donations impact all of the South Okanagan

100 Men Who Care Penticton donate to three South Okanagan-Similkameen groups

On Oct. 11 members of 100 Men Who Care-Penticton gathered once again to learn about three hard-working charitable organizations in the South Okanagan-Similkameen and then make a significant donation to the charities.

The meeting was hosted by Cascades Casino’s Match Eatery and Public House and in one hour the 100 Men raised and donated $7,100 to three charities serving Osoyoos, Penticton and the South Okanagan overall.

The goal of 100 Men is simple: get 100 or more men together who want to make a difference, not just in Penticton, but in the communities in the South Okanagan/ Similkameen region. The concept is even simpler: four times a year invite three charitable organizations to make a presentation to the group about the work they do and the communities they support. The 100 Men members vote for the charity of their choice and then each member donates $100. Of the total raised, 80 per cent goes to the charity with the most votes and 10 per cent goes to each of the remaining two charities. Apart from the financial aid the charities receive, the members of 100 Men get a chance to learn about the many charitable organizations that may not get a lot of attention but have a positive impact on communities.

The October meeting heard from representatives of the Osoyoos Desert Society, the Penticton Rotary Club and the South Okanagan-Similkameen Medical Foundation. After hearing each organization’s proposal the members voted to give the Penticton Rotary Club’s Starfish Pack Student Weekend Meal program $5,680, the Osoyoos Desert Society $710 to continue its work in preserving and promoting the unique environment of our region and the South Okanagan-Similkameen Medical Foundation $710 to continue their work on expanding quality patient care for the region.

Anyone who is interested can register as a member on the 100 Men Who Care website at www.100menpenticton.com or if you want to connect directly with one of the coordinators please email info@100menpenticton.com. Any women who might be interested in a similar organization, 100 Women Who Care, can go to www.cfso.net, click “Programs”, then click “100 Women.”

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