In just a few weeks, Parker’s Chrysler raised $7,400 for the Pathways Addictions Resource Centre.
The December fundraising effort was in memory of the son of dealership owner Janet Parker. Colin Parker, who passed away at age 39 in early October 2016, struggled with addictions himself.
“Colin was a very generous man and I know he would be very happy to know how Penticton embraced the Fundraiser for Pathways,” said Janet.
Parkers committed $100 for every vehicle sold and $10 for every oil change service during the month of December toPathways, also responding to the spike in opiate overdose deaths.
“Pathways is honoured to receive the incredible donation from Parkers.
“Over the past six months, because of the overdose crisis, Pathways has been dealing with a significant increase in calls from people who have lost a loved one due to substance use asking if there are any programs available to deal with their grief and loss,” said Daryl Meyers, Pathways director, adding the donation swill be put to immediate use.
“We will now be able to offer a series of grief and loss groups throughout 2017 with the first one starting in February.”
Jim Tabler, Parkers general manager, said they were overwhelmed by the response from the community and their staff.
“We had community members coming into the dealership specifically as they were touched by Colin’s passing and wanted to help raise money for Pathways,” he said.
“We know we have significant outreach in Penticton and it’s very rewarding to be able to put it to good use for causes that impact the community.”