Donations are still coming in, but so far the ninth annual United Way South Okanagan Drive Thru fundraiser at the Penticton Lakeside Resort has raised $20,000 for the local charity.
On Oct. 8, long lineups of people in their vehicles waited for their drive-thru breakfast and to contribute to the cause, raising over $17,500 on the day of. In addition, IGA contributed another $1,900 as they collected donations from customers that weekend, bringing the total to just under $20,000.
Global BC anchor Doris Maria Bregolisse baked her family apple strudel for anyone willing to donate $100 or more to the cause. This week she delivered her strudel to the United Way SIBC office. In total, $2,350 was raised from eight local donors thanks to Nick Arkle and Gorman Bros. who donated $1,000.
“Due to the pandemic, safety measures were in place and long lineups ensued but very patient Drive Thru guests proved to be just as generous as ever,” said Kahir Lalji, Executive Director for SIBC. “With that and the incredible support of local sponsors, media, volunteers and the community, the event was a great success.”
Last year, the Drive Thru fundraiser at the Lakeside Resort raised more than the $25,000 goal. The Drive Thru Breakfast is the South Okanagan United Way’s main fundraiser of the year.
The United Way’s mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. For 70 years, the United Way has been working to create opportunities for a better life for everyone in the Okanagan, Columbia, Shuswap and Similkameen.
Every dollar raised here stays in the community and affects the lives of over 75,000 vulnerable children, families and seniors every year.
For more information on the United Way you can visit their website at www.unitedwaysibc.com or call 1-855-232-1321.