Kelowna donates $66K to JoeAnna's House

$66K raised for JoeAnna's

The KGH Foundation’s second annual Better Together Day in support of JoeAnna’s House was a big success.

The community generously donated a whopping $66,599 for JoeAnna’s House, which supports families from across B.C. who require a place to stay when a loved one requires advanced care at KGH.

Better Together Day 2021 began at 6 a.m. and saw dozens from the community come by the home at 321 Royal Avenue to make a donation and pick up their Drive-Thru breakfast, sponsored by Save-on-Foods.

Orchard Plaza Save-on-Foods manager Scott Nazaruk was handing out breakfasts all morning, witnessing first-hand what community support is like in Kelowna.

“It was awesome!” says Scott enthusiastically. “It was truly heart-warming to see so many folks taking time out of their day to come down and give to support this incredibly important resource for families.”

Local businesses were also in the spirit of giving on Thursday. Save-on-Foods from across the southern interior together contributed over $8,000 to the cause. Christy Lovig, lawyer at Doak Shirreff, gave and also provided a match for all employees who donated. Team Construction Management, the construction company who built JoeAnna’s House, also made a donation and challenged trades and builders.

Gabe Giroux from Okanagan Painting Crew was one of the tradesmen who took Team Construction up on the challenge and gave a generous donation. Tamara Stone, well-known local real estate agent, also stopped by and encouraged others to give.

Since their inception in the fall of 2019, JoeAnna’s House has been a safe haven for hundreds of regional families needing a place to stay near KGH while their family members receive the care they need.

“JoeAnna’s House was built by the hearts and hands of people and businesses who, by working together, made the impossible possible,” says KGH Foundation CEO, Doug Rankmore. “This home is a beautiful representation of what it means to be part of a community that cares.”

For more information about JoeAnna’s House, including booking a stay, click here.

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