Local charitable groups and organizations will once again have an opportunity to watch Penticton Vees games from a VIP seating area.
The Gateway Casinos Community Zone returns this season allowing fans to watch Vees hockey from the comfort of sofas and chairs below section 115 at no charge.
“The community zone was such a tremendous hit with groups across the South Okanagan last season, and we’re thrilled that Gateway Casino wanted to bring it back this year,” said Vees’ director of player development and corporate sales David Michaud.
“After the success of the Community Zone last season, especially when you saw the kids enjoying the game at ice level like they were out there with the Vees, I knew we had to bring this back,” said Michael Magnusson, general manager of Lake City Casino Penticton.
The Vees announced Gateway Casinos will again donate $20 for each goal they score, at home during the regular season and playoffs, to the South Okanagan Medical Foundation. Last year, Gateway donated $3,255 for 157 goals scored by the Vees in the regular season and playoffs at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
“I know the Vees don’t need any added incentive to score goals, but I’d love to see them exceed last year’s amount of home game goals so that at the end of the season we can help the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation get a few steps closer to their $20M goal,” said Magnusson.
The money will go towards the medical equipment needed to supply the new Patient Care Tower at Penticton Regional Hospital.