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Gala set to 'Enchant'

It is the biggest fundraiser the SPCA holds each year, and it’s always a sold out event.

The BCSPCA Charity Fundraising Gala presented by The Thomas Alan Budd Foundation takes place Saturday, November 1 at the Coast Capri Hotel.

Every year guests are given an opportunity to support a project or fund to support local animals.

This year, the Kelowna team will focus on creating a Spay and Neuter Fund to support the overpopulation issue and also the creation of a barn on the property to house farm animals from cruelty investigations and seizures. The barn will be the first of its kind in the Okanagan.

“We are focused on continuing to provide the best care, support and environment possible for all animals that come into our care that being domestic, farm and wild  animals,” says Suzanne Pugh, Kelowna branch manager.

Last year the BC SPCA supported over 41,000 animals throughout British Columbia.

“We certainly have a few things we need to focus on in the Okanagan, including cruelty and pet overpopulation. We continue to see a growing problem with our cat overpopulation and simply not enough homes.”

The theme of the event this year will be ‘One Enchanted Evening,’ and will feature a silent and live auction for:

  • A Big White get-a-way
  • Tickets to Bryan Adams
  • A Kelowna Rockets' box complete with food and beverage credit
  • A commissioned art piece by local artist Alex Fong
  • Hand-picked wine from the private cellar of Tom Budd

“Every year, we feature BC SPCA Kelowna staff and animals with a runway show,” mentions Heather Harrison, branch fundraising support.

“This is always the highlight of the night as everyone gets really excited to see our furry friends.”

For more information or to make a donation towards a local Kelowna project, please contact Heather Harrison at 250-862-1039 or [email protected]


Halloween Food Bank Drive

Castanet and Halloween Alley are teaming up to help The Kelowna Food Bank this fall. 
Help those who are less fortunate in your community by dropping off a non-perishable food item at Halloween Alley, 1634 Harvey Ave, between October 16 - 29. 
Those who donate will be entered to win a $200 Halloween Decor Prize pack and a $200 Gift Certificate to Social 242 Lounge & Grill.

All donations must be dropped off at Halloween Alley, 1634 Harvey Avenue. (The Castanet office is not a drop off location).

The Food Bank will be live on location accepting non-perishable food and funds on Friday, October 24th from 11 AM - 1 PM.  
Halloween Alley Hours of Operation:

Mon-Fri: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM; Sat: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM; Sun: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thank you for supporting our local Food Bank. 

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United Way Pulling For My Community Bus Pull

Continuing in the tradition of building community through building teams, United Way Central & South Okanagan/Similkameen announces the next big thing! 

Imagine 8 Superheros pulling a BC Transit bus in competition with 8 other Superheros.  United Way CSO is holding its first annual Pulling For My Community Bus Pull on October 15, 2014 from 1030-1pm at the Queensway bus loop. 

“This is a fun way to team build and to show not only your support for the community but to have the possibility of walking away with the inaugural UW CSO Community Cup”, says Shelley Gilmore, Executive Director of UW CSO. “UW used to do the Plane Pull but we have changed that up, moved the event into the heart of the city and are running it over the lunch hour to make it easier for businesses and individuals to participate,” she adds.

Brought to you by the UW CSO, City of Kelowna and BC Transit, Pulling For My Community is a team event where teams of 8 will pull a BC Transit bus in competition to see who can cross the finish line first.  Along with other teams, the goal of the event is to raise awareness and funds to support the partnerships in our Community between the United Way and many front line agencies providing critical services for children, youth, adults and seniors. 

“Our community needs the United Way,” comments Jim Patterson, United Way Campaign CoChair and Executive Director of Business Development for the City of Kelowna, “the unique funding model of the community fund at the United Way ensures that many agencies are sustainable. Our community can use this vehicle of the community fund to leverage donations to truly make a difference right in our own backyard.”

Registration will commence Thursday, September 25.  Visit for the link to get started.  Register your team quickly to ensure your spot - space is limited

Teams of 8 need to pledge a minimum of $75 per person to qualify to participate.

Prizes, fun, great team building opportunity, food trucks, all in the name of Building Community!  Come out and be an Everyday Hero!

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