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Okanagan Arts Awards Fundraiser

Art A La Carte

An Invitation to join us on January 22, 2015

Looking for a great event to chase away the mid–winter blues?
Art a la Carte is an evening of music, dancing, great food wine and silent auction, with proceeds going to support the Okanagan Arts Awards.

Featuring music by Anna J and Half a Quorum Special delicacies by Chef Nick Gowing, of Nourish Kelowna. The event will also include:

  • Excellent wines from Intrigue Wines
  • Award winning beers from Tree Brewing
  • The unveiling of this year’s winning sculpture

To be presented at the awards at the end of March. A perfect evening which promises to be incredible!

Tickets: $75.00
Doors open at 7:30 pm.
Place: The Laurel Packinghouse, Kelowna


Making Christmas a little bit merrier

The generosity of local children was highlighted when Gr. 1 – 6 students at Aberdeen Hall once again partnered with the Kelowna and district S.H.A.R. E. Society to make Christmas a little bit merrier for local families. Sponsored by the Gr. 2 classes, students  throughout the Junior School rallied together and brought in over 1500 items of clothing and toys for this very worthy program.  And not to miss out on the school’s spirit of philanthropy, little ones in Pre-school and Kindergarten gathered mittens to share with those needing a little extra warmth this holiday season. 

Orchard Park charity night

Thank you Kelowna! On November 21st, you came to Orchard Park wearing purple in support of The Central Okanagan Hospice Association. Orchard Park donated $10 for each person who was in the mall wearing purple; all Santa Photo packages were donated, as well as, gift wrap by donation and together we raised $10,767 for COHA!

Central Okanagan Hospice Association provides compassionate care and supportive assistance for the terminally ill and their families. Their more than 250 volunteers offer emotional, spiritual, social and practical support to help people with a terminal illness live to the fullest until they die, and to help their loved one to be supported in their grief through COHA’s bereavement program.

Susan Steen, Executive Director of COHA wishes to extend her gratitude to the community and all the retailers of Orchard Park “who participated with specials, samples, door prizes and who wore purple themselves – there were a whole lot of happy shoppers on Friday night, and the support from the stores was so greatly appreciated”.

If you would like to learn more about the Central Okanagan Hospice Association, register to volunteer, or make a donation this holiday season, you can do so by visiting 


Giving the Gift Of Christmas to Local Women

Every Christmas, the Women of Living In Balance Seminars create Gift baskets for organizations in the Okanagan that offer community resources for Women and children. They gather donations from many local businesses and contribute their time to make these baskets overflowing with nurturing and necessary items for women in transition.

This year was an abundant success with 60 bags produced in total (20- Kelowna Women’s Shelter, 25- N.O.W Kelowna, 15- Vernon community Program).

Joanne Linklater, Outreach counsellor from Kelowna Women’s Shelter says, “These baskets make a huge difference to the women who receive them. For many it is the only present they will get at Christmas and they are so thrilled and touched at this unexpected gift they would never get otherwise. The shelter has limited resources and so for us, this is a huge financial help”.  

“Every year the event and the donations grow, so we are grateful to spearhead this contribution function and excited for our vision of women contributing to women.”

Keep an eye out for the next contribution event, which will happen around mother’s day 2015.

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