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The Vernon Snowmobile Club is handing over a $13,090.95 cheque to an Easter Seals' supported charity.

The money comes from $11,406 in donations made by snowmobilers at the door of the recent BC Snow Show at Kal Tire Place.

The association added another $1,684.95 to that amount.

The money will be used to send children to Camp Winfield.

A cheque will be handed over to Rick Harker, manager of the camp, at the Timmy's children's telethon in Vancouver next month, states a release.


$4K to help YMCA families

The organizers of the Invasion Championship Wrestling series do it again — not only packing the ringside at the recently held Kelowna Invasion 5 Pro Wrestling event but also supporting more and more local children and families in need.
“One thing that is so cool about ICW growing so rapidly in popularity is that the cheques do too — meaning we can continue to give back even more to child and youth serving organizations such as the local YMCA,” say Mike Chisholm, ICW organizer. “We are committed to hosting good family fun entertainment that in turn enables us to give children with financial barriers equal access to the health and child care programs that their peers have.”
Mike Chisholm and ICW partner Mike Rizzo presented the YMCA of Okanagan with a cheque for $4,000, adding to the over $10,000 they have already contributed through previous wrestling events. The next big event will be held May 6 and 7, featuring legendary Mick Foley. 
The YMCA of Okanagan is a registered charity relying on donations from community members to ensure the Y remains accessible to all. Currently the Y serves 20,120 children and youth in child care, before and after school care, camp and recreation programs. One in five Okanagan children enrolled in these programs require financial assistance in order to participate.

Haunted house a success

This past Friday, Upper Deck Vees members presented a large cheque to the South Okanagan Children’s Charity from their annual Haunted House attraction, “Dr. Franks Insanitorium."

The cheque was presented at Discovery Park at Skaha Lake, one of the charity’s local community partnership projects.

Erik and Lisa Laflamme host “Dr. Franks Insanitorium” annually with help from the Upper Deck Vees.

The couple has been hooked on haunted houses ever since they helped a friend in Calgary create one. Since then, they've offered attractions in North Vancouver, as well as at their Penticton home.

Dr. Franks Insanitorium was held Oct. 29 to 31 at the bottom of Creekside Road in Penticton. The group collected non-perishable food items for the local food bank as well as cash donations.

Total donations raised were $1,637.91, originally slated for the Upper Deck Vees Hockey program, but the group decided to donate it to the South Okanagan Children’s Charity instead.

The Children’s Charity has assisted families of children with health problems for over 40 years.

It also provides equipment to health-related agencies and awards grants to other organizations that provide health-related services to the region’s children.

One hundred per cent of the money collected is used to help local children and their families.


$3000 for Legion

On behalf of Kelowna Yamaha & Marine, Terry Poirier (Dealer Principal) presented Annette and Jim Shackleton of the Royal Canadian Legion #26 a cheque for $3000. The funds were raised by the dealership, Tuesday November 10, 2015 during the snowmobile open house and B.C. premiere of Thunderstruck 14.  The evening was a huge success.  Kelowna Yamaha & Marine would like to thank all that helped make this evening come together.  A big thank you to Yamaha Canada, Starwatch, Nor-Val rentals, Motovan, CAT and all the staff, customers and friends of Kelowna Yamaha & Marine for their generous support.

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