Former Vancouver Canuck Darcy Rota gets a fist pump from Beckett MacEwan of Penticton during the autograph session before the start of the Pics & Sticks hockey game Wednesday at the South Okanagan Events Centre. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Penticton’s first Pics & Sticks charity event raises $50,000

Money goes to slew of B.C. charities and those in the city

The first annual South Okanagan Pics & Sticks charity event, hosted by The Gord Bamford Foundation and The Kids Matter Youth Foundation on May 15 and 16, raised a whopping $50,000.

The money goes to local and British Columbia charities, including Spirit of the Game, Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon, Basics for Babies, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and the area’s minor hockey associations.

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The two-day event spectacular was an exciting mix of hockey, golf and country music in the stunning heart of wine country in South Okanagan. Hosted by Canadian country music star Gord Bamford and Edmonton Oilers Alumnus, Kevin Primeau, the event kicked off with a charity hockey game that saw NHL alumni Glenn Anderson, Chris Joseph, Marty McSorley, Ron Low, Kirk McLean, Darcy Rota, Geoff Courtnall, Greg Adams and Scott Niedermayer team up with country stars Gord Bamford, Dallas Smith, Chad Brownlee and Aaron Pritchett.

Minor hockey teams from West Kelowna to Osoyoos raised funds for the event and the Summerland Bantam Jets team had the chance to hit the ice with the stars. A portion of proceeds from the game also went to create two scholarships for local youth in pursuit of post-secondary education. The bursaries were in honour of Jaxon Joseph and Logan Hunter, two of the 16 players and staff of the Humbolt Broncos that were tragically taken in April of 2018. The scholarships are intended to provide support and encouragement to young adults who have lived or are living in the Okanagan region.

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The second day saw an 18-hole golf tournament, banquet dinner and silent auction at the Sonora Dunes Golf Course and Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos. The evening came to a close with a concert that featured performances by award-winning country music artists Gord Bamford, Dallas Smith, Chad Brownlee and Aaron Pritchett for over 250 attendees.

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