Breakfast brings big bucks

Hundreds of people grabbed a bag full of goodies Thursday morning at the United Way Drive Thru Breakfast.

The annual event was the most successful to date, generating a record-setting $16,134 for the United Way.

The money will be used to help the more than 20 agencies that rely in the United Way.

“Our community fund supports over 20 charities in the North Okanagan region which includes Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, Enderby, Lumby and Vernon,” said Marianne Dahl, with the United Way.

“Just under $600,000 is invested in the region and includes the provincially-funded Better At Home/Healthy Aging program, BC211.ca, Child Safety Initiative and Social Enterprise Accelerator Fund.”

Jude Brunt, with the United Way, said there was a steady stream of cars at the Prestige Vernon Lodge, but the fundraiser is really a kick off to other fundraising events.

“Our new campaign for this fall and Christmas is called #unignorable. The colour is orange and you will see orange everywhere,” said Brunt.

“We are trying to make social issues basically unignorable, things like mental health, education and equality, homelessness, all of those more visible social issues that are increasing in all our local communities,” said Brunt. “We are aiming this fall to opening everybody's eyes to the fact that all of society can work together to solve them.”

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