FOUNDATION NOTES: Business owners step up for hospital equipment

Those involved in the local business sector have to be among some of our community’s greatest unsung heroes.

John Moorhouse is the development and communications officer for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.

Those involved in the local business sector have to be among some of our community’s greatest unsung heroes.

Every year, store and business owners come through time and time again when approached for raffle and draw prizes for countless charity events. On a larger scale, their generosity and community support shows up in spades.

Never has this been more true than for the South Okanagan Similkameen (SOS) Medical Foundation’s campaign to raise a whopping $20 million to provide the medical equipment for the new Patient Care Tower at Penticton Regional Hospital.

Raising such a large amount of money over five years is truly a daunting task. However, we’re amazed at how quickly the entire community has responded.

In addition to individual donors, a growing number of businesses have also stepped forward.

Cherry Lane Shopping Centre this week launched a campaign – dubbed “Stories Building Storeys” — which allows local residents to write a few words about their personal experiences at PRH. These stories, written on head-shaped cut-outs, will then be posted at key locations around Cherry Lane which will become a major community hub for the foundation’s PRH campaign.

Save-On-Foods has just announced a $40,000 pledge through their More Rewards points program. Customers are invited to donate their More Rewards points to the SOS Medical Foundation. Every 1,000 points donated will see one dollar go to the PRH tower campaign, which will then be matched by Save-On-Foods.

The Stawarz family, owners of the Tim Hortons franchises throughout the South Okanagan, has pledged at least $100,000 over five years in revenues from their annual Smile Cookie campaign which continues until Sept. 20.

CIBC has pledged $50,000 to become the first financial institution to donate.

Penticton Foundry Ltd. was one of the first companies to become involved when it pledged $50,000 in March. Foundry president Brian Bendig recently presented a second $10,000 cheque towards that commitment.

Kudos still go out to David Kampe, owner of Peters Bros. Construction, who contributed an incredible $2 million in March, on top of his earlier donation of a prime property on Industrial Avenue valued at $1.5 million.

Of course, it’s not all about the business community. Local non-profit organizations have also come through.

The Peach City Beach Cruise has donated $10,000 from its 15th annual classic car show in June.

Our thanks to the Peach City Tees Up for Cancer ladies golf tournament. The 19th annual Tees Up tourney at the Penticton Golf & Country Club in August raised $44,000 towards their $150,000 commitment.

The inaugural Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race hosted by the Summerland Yacht Club on August 22, generated $18,444 for the new hospital tower.

Hospital and health care auxiliaries in Penticton, Summerland and Oliver have also stepped forward with their own funding pledges totalling almost $1.5 million.

The $325-million PRH expansion, due to start next spring, will be the largest construction project ever undertaken in our region. The SOS Medical Foundation still has a long, long way to go in our fundraising, but we’re certain we’ll reach that $20-million goal. Stay tuned … undoubtedly there’ll be a lot more news to come.

John Moorhouse is the development and communications officer for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.



Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Two-man Penticton traffic enforcement team catch 188 impaired drivers in 2019

96 of those drivers received 90-day suspensions or criminal charges

Australia Day fundraiser at Penticton’s Slackwater Brewing a success

Money raised at Australia day party donated directly to Victoria Bushfire Relief Fund

Penticton Indian Band stands in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en

“We’ve lived in this area for 10,000 years, and our knowledge is being disregarded…” - Chad Eneas.

Techstars Penticton took start-ups from ideas to pitches in 54 hours over the weekend

Local businesspeople worked their ideas to present before a panel of judges.

Penticton, Vernon hockey legends to be inducted into BC Hockey Hall of Fame

Vernon’s Eric Brewer and a record-breaking Penticton Vees team will join the HOF July 24

Kelowna’s Fireside Festival focuses on diversity in its 7th year

The festival sold over 1,000 tickets to the three-day indie festival

Pregnant B.C. woman stuck in Wuhan, the epicentre of coronavirus outbreak

Woman is due to give birth in Wuhan, China unless she can get out

Taxi association asks B.C. Supreme Court to stop Uber, Lyft from operating

Petition alleges Passenger Transportation Board did not take taxis into account

Morning Start: Wuhan coronavirus vs. SARS

Your morning start for Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

Majority of Canadian boards had no female members in 2016 and 2017: StatCan

Statistics Canada says 18.1 per cent of director seats were held by women in 2017

Swapping grape varieties can help winemakers adapt to climate change: UBC study

Report says 56% of wine-grape-growing regions would be lost if global climate warms by 2 C

Alberta premier wants feds to approve Teck mine for benefit of First Nations

Kenney: ‘Surely [reconciliation] means saying yes to economic development for First Nations people’

Quintet jazzes it up with Okanagan-wide talents

Justin Glibbery group brings twist of jazz and pop

Trans-Canada closed east of Golden due to avalanche hazard

The highway is estimated to reopen around 7 p.m.

Most Read