The 100 Men Who Care come together on Jan. 23 at the TIME Winery & Kitchen to decide which charities will receive the first donations of the year.
In the past two years, members of 100 Men Who Care Penticton have donated more than $66,000 to 30 different charities in Penticton, Summerland, Osoyoos, Oliver and Keremeos. Each year, the 100 Men Who Care hold four meetings at which they pool donations to be distributed to three local nonprofits or charities.
At their meetings, members commit to a donation of $100 each and then vote for which nonprofit they think deserves the lionshare of the money. To aid their decision, members are given presentations from three invited charitable organizations from the South Okanagan and Similkameen, which are chosen at random in advance. The charities describe their organization, explain how a donation would be used and whom it will help.
The 100 Men members then vote to distribute their donations to the charities, with 80% going to the charity receiving the most votes and the two other groups receiving 10% each.
The first of their four meetings this year will be held on Jan. 23 at TIMEWinery & Kitchen. The doors open at 5 p.m. with the meeting running from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
At the October meeting the Okanagan Boys & Girls Club, the South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) and the Penticton Soupateria Society shared $7,700 in donations.
If you are interested in becoming one of the 100 Men, feel free to attend as a guest to see what it is all about and take the opportunity to hear from three charities you might not be aware of. If you are a member, consider bringing a friend to increase membership.
More information can be found on the website at www.100menpenticton.com or you can email email@example.com. For information regarding a similar organization for women, you can go to www.cfso.net, click “Programs”, then click “100 Women”.
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