100 Women pitch in

Dustin Godfrey

Dozens of women gathered at the 100 Women Who Care event on Wednesday to choose who would receive this quarter’s big cheque.

“It’s our first event of 2017, and so many women were eager to come and check it out,” said 100 Women Who Care organizer Sarah Trudeau of holding the event at the Play Estate Winery.

“Being a new business, we are so happy to have 100 Women Who Care come and check out the venue and our facility,” added Play Estate Winery’s Katherine Bramall.

Up for the top prize were the Penticton Access Centre, the SPCA and the Soupateria. Each of those charities gave a speech about what they do with their donations over a glass of wine.

“I think animals, we have so much to learn from them,” said Kim Lawton who nominated the SPCA. “All it takes is a few seconds to look at them and see the joy and the gusto that they live life, how easily they forgive, how unconditionally they love, their own lessons for us in life.”

Meanwhile, the Access Centre had a more sobering message during their pitch.

“If you have a disability, if you don’t have … family support, you’re condemned to poverty,” said a representative of the Access Centre.

The Soupateria, on the other hand, had a bit of humanity to share with the group.

“A lot of the people that come there have no way of getting out to socialize,” said a representative of the Soupateria. “They can’t call up a buddy and say, ‘Hey, let’s go to the pub for beer.’ Instead, they come there. There’s three ladies that come in. They dress up lovely everyday with different earrings.”

While the SPCA and Soupateria got $500 for showing up, it was the Access Centre that walked away with $2,650.

**A previous version of this article and the attached video said the Access Centre was awarded over $6,200, when, in fact, it was just over $2,600.

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