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Blossom Time Fair a success

Members of the four Auxiliaries to the KGH Foundation (Kelowna, Peachland, Rutland & Winfield) would like to thank guests and sponsors of the 65th Annual Blossom Time Fair, held May 13 at Strathcona Park. Thanks to the support of this generous community, $11,000 was raised and will be put towards the purchase of equipment and patient care items at Kelowna General Hospital.  
The long-standing traditional event took a risk this year and changed up the look and feel. Shifting to focus on young families, the event was moved to a Saturday (instead of Friday) and took place in a playful park setting. The community could not have responded better.
“It was so wonderful to see guests of all ages at this year’s Blossom Time Fair,” expresses Georgiann Kasdorf, Chair of Blossom Time Fair. “The sun was shining and the kids loved playing on the bouncy castle and playground, while also taking in the event festivities. Seeing a new generation involved in giving was very inspirational and I look forward to watching them grow up in this wonderful community.”
Mayor Colin Basran was also in attendance and took the time to address the recent flood warnings and thanking the community for pulling together before officially opening the event. 

The Auxiliary members donate countless hours to put this event on with the shared goal of improving health care in our community. Funds this year will support the purchase of equipment and patient care & comfort items for KGH and the surrounding IH facilities. With 65 years of Blossom Time tradition, the event has certainly had an impact on patient care throughout the Central Okanagan. 


They're still giving a damn

Kelowna's 100+ Men Who Give a Damn has handed out another $10,000.

The recipient on Wednesday was the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation.

More than 125 members attended the group’s eighth meeting, at Moxie’s Lounge, where they heard pitches from three local charities – CRIS Adaptive Adventures, the KGH Foundation, and Okanagan Boys & Girls Club.

Each of the charities “pitched” their causes for five minutes, sharing with the group what their charity is all about and how the money would be spent in the community.

The KGH Foundation plans to put the money toward Foundry Kelowna, a new integrated mental health care centre for youth and families that will consolidate more than 20 service providers under one roof.

The project "will change the way in which our community’s youth and families struggling with mental health issues access the help they need,” said foundation presenter Allison Ramchuk.  

The event marked the two-year anniversary of 100 Men in Kelowna.

"It is amazing to see the group continuing to grow and provide exposure and funds to so many of the great charitable organizations in our community” said co-founder Brett Millard. 

Three new charities will be randomly selected from a pool of nominees for the next meeting in August.

Falcons looking for billets

Life changing, rewarding and memorable have all been ways to describe hosting a Kelowna Falcon player over the recent years.

The Kelowna Falcons are on the search for a few great families for the upcoming West Coast League Baseball season to be a host/billet family to some outstanding student athletes.

Players begin to arrive in Kelowna on June 1st and are gone again by mid-August following the season.  Due to the major league style schedule, players are only at home for half this time, while on the road for the other half.  Host families receive an unbelievable summer directly impacting the life of a young student athlete, while learning about a different culture and the ins and outs of baseball.

Falcons' players, who are 18-22 years old, have been trained to be responsible, self sufficient and extremely helpful.  These student athletes are coming from prestigious baseball programs and are coming to Kelowna to work and build on their craft.

Host families receive a grocery allowance, a family pass for the season and a special BBQ at the end of the season.

If you're interested in getting involved and impacting a young student athlete, contact the Falcons headquarters via email to General Manager Mark Nonis ([email protected]) or call 250-763-4100.


Support for Covenant House

Haven Mattress Co. is proud to support Covenant House Vancouver.

For every ten mattresses that Haven Mattress sells they donate one new mattress to a shelter or charity through their SafeHaven Program. Covenant House is honoured that they have partnered with them to provide brand new twin mattresses on an ongoing basis to youth who are transitioning out of their services on to independent living.

Big thanks to Haven Mattress Co for helping our youth to achieve independence and get a good night’s sleep! 

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