Donor steps up, again

The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen has announced its generous anonymous donor will extend their matching program until the end of February.

“We are absolutely thrilled the anonymous donor has decided to extend the matching program until the end of next month. This gives us a little over six weeks to reach the full potential of the doubling initiative, which matches donations 1:1 up to a grand total of $200,000,” said Aaron McRann, foundation executive director.

The program started at the end of 2018 and has raised $115,000, which has since been doubled by the donor. That leaves another $85,000 still to be matched.

The Community Foundation is trying to raise $1.2 million to renovate the main floor of the Main Street youth centre and open Foundry Penticton, which will be a one-stop shop of youth services and mental health.

“As a community partner and the lead organization of Foundry Penticton we are truly amazed by the dedication and support we have received from the community so far. Hearing we have raised $900,000 of our $1.2 million dollar goal is tremendous,” said Ian Gerbrandt with OneSky Community Resources.

“Construction at Foundry Penticton is coming along very well. I spoke with Chriscan Construction, and the ‘rough in’ will be finished within the next week and the project is on schedule for spring opening.”

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