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RibFest donates $10,000

After smashing their fundraising goal, Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest Committee donates $10,000 to Shoe Bank Canada to assist with the collection and distribution of shoes to those in need in the Central Okanagan.
“This is a great example of how proceeds from RibFest go back into the community” said Andy Griffin, President of the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club. “This year’s Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest raised over $40,000, all of which will be used to help build brighter futures for people in need.”
RibFest is a free, three day, family festival featuring a great line up of entertainment, a Kids Zone and of course championship ‘ribbers’ who travel across the country competing for the title of best ribs and sauce and the coveted People’s Choice Award. Funds raised from the event are donated to groups like the Foundry, NOW Canada, the Central Okanagan Food Bank and of course, locally based Shoe Bank Canada who was the main beneficiary for this year’s event. 

According to Jim Belshaw, Board Chair and Founder of Shoe Bank Canada and an active Rotarian, “Last year alone, we provided over 3000 pairs of shoes to the working poor and homeless in 900 local households. This $10,000 donation will further our cause of providing shoes to those in need here in the Central Okanagan, across BC and Canada.”
With just two years of history in Kelowna, RibFest is already catching the support and attention of people from across the Okanagan. According to Kathy Conway, CEO of Interior Savings, the event’s title sponsor, “The Park was brimming with energy at this year’s RibFest. We saw over 20,000 people enjoy the festivities, we exceeded fundraising goals by 50% and engaged over 200 volunteers. As a locally based credit union, it is an honour to be part of an event so warmly embraced by our community.”
Dates are set for the 3rd Annual Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest. A few weeks earlier this year, you’ll find the event in Kelowna City Park August 24-26, 2018. Learn more at www.ribfestkelowna.com.
About Interior Savings
Interior Savings is a member-owned, democratically-controlled credit union dedicated to creating local money while helping to build vibrant communities. Through its 21 branches, 16 insurance offices, Member Service Centre, and two Commercial Services Centres, the Credit Union offers personal and commercial banking and a full range of insurance and wealth management services to more than 70,000 members across 14 communities. In the last 15 years, Interior Savings has returned $53.8 million to members through its Member Rewards Program and invested nearly $8 million in support of community programs. To learn more, visit interiorsavings.com or the Interior Savings Facebook page or Do Some Good page.
About Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Club
Rotary is well-known for its contributions to local initiatives. The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise is an eclectic group of between 80-85 Rotarians. The Club focuses on supporting, developing and implementing literacy, educational, humanitarian, recreation, wellness and environmental programs, projects and activities that assist the community in meeting the needs of its citizens and improving the quality of life for children, youth and adults within our own community and in developing nations.  To learn more, visit www.kelownasunriserotary.org or the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary Facebook page.

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