After a three-year hiatus, Maxine DeHart's United Way Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast is back on Thursday.
Kelowna city councillor DeHart had announced four years ago that 2018 would be her last year, but she says she's not ready to stop just yet.
"United Way wanted me to do it last year and I said I wouldn't consider it. COVID was still rampant. We still weren't ready to do that. I said I would consider it for the next year and the reason being is so many charities took so many bad hits. Through COVID people couldn't give. When they came to me I said 'OK. It is a good way to raise money.' It is an outside event and people now are really getting to want to go to events," she said.
The breakfast has raised more than $900,000 for United Way charities over the past 20 years.
The drive-thru breakfast was founded by DeHart in 1998.
This year's event will take place Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Ramada Hotel at 2170 Harvey Avenue.
DeHart says this year fundraising will likely break $1 million dollars.
"The money stays local. Nothing is taken out of our community and also there is no administration fee for this. The sponsors and myself do just about everything. It all stays in our community and goes to all the agencies of the United Way," she added.