Ingrid and Anita Schellenberg get their morning coffee (and Timbits), served up by Mitch Macmillan at a previous United Way Breakfast. (File photo)

‘We’re growing every year’: United Way Drive-Thru Breakfast happening Thursday morning

The Lakeside Resort is hosting the annual charity fundraiser.

Start your Thursday morning this week with good food and good deeds.

The eight annual United Way Drive-Thru Breakfast at the Penticton Lakeside kicks off bright and early on Sept. 22.

From 6:30 to 9 a.m., you can come down and get yourself a meal in exchange for a donation. You don’t even need to have a car if you want to make a donation and grab yourself some food.

“You can drive in, walk-in, or bicycle in, however you like,” said Erin Moore, administration and events co-ordinator for the Lakeside. “It’s a wonderful way to get things started and to give back to our community because these funds raised stay in the South Okanagan.”

Read More: 54 charities across the Southern Interior to benefit from United Way Donation

It’s not only food. Throughout the breakfast, in exchange for a donation of at least $20, you will receive a bag with a mystery prize donated by a local sponsor. Everything from free wine tastings and discounts at local businesses to grand prizes ranging from a trip to Vancouver for a B.C. Lions game to a $1,000 RRSP donated by Valley First. There’s a signed Bo Horvat Canucks jersey for a lucky winner as well.

The annual breakfast starts off the United Way’s season of fundraising. So far, the breakfast has raised close to $100,000 that has gone back into the South Okanagan.

This year the United Way and the Lakeside hope build on last years goal of $20,000 to raise $25,000. The money from the fundraiser goes to support programs and charities in the community. In previous years money has supported the Yes Project and Foundry Penticton, the Discovery House, OneSky, The Hundred Homes program and more.

“We have 1,100 meals and bags for this year,” said Moore. “Last year we raised about $23,000. We had 1,000 bags and ended up having to turn people away because we ran out. So we’re growing every year.”

Breakfast sponsors will be on scene and giving out gifts as well as helping to get your morning started. Pure Gym & Juicery will be serving freshly pressed juice, the Penticton Vees will be helping out and meeting fans and members of the local RCMP, Fire Department, and B.C. Ambulance will also be there.

Breakfast will start being served at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, with the lineup outside the Penticton Lakeside.

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