Donations coming in for Vernon's Schubert Centre

Senior centre super support

Community support continues to boost spirits at the Schubert Centre in Vernon.

On Thursday, the seniors centre received $22,000 in donations to help pay down the $290,000 debt the centre has accumulated as well as raising money for a new $180,000 heating system.

Shell Duggan, who is in charge of finances at Schubert, says Regency Parkwood Retirement Home donated $2,000, while frequent Schubert Centre patron Lois Merrifield donated $10,000 toward the new heating system.

Duggan said support is strong for the centre, which has been in operation since the 1980s and has seen thousands of seniors attend its many programs.

“We've had some really nice support, and not just from local people,” said Duggan. “I've taken calls from the Kootenays, from Kamloops, from Vancouver, and people who have donated anywhere from $50 to $300 to 400 because they heard about it on the news or they have had a family member who frequents here on a regular basis, or in the past they had parents who frequented here.”

Duggan said support from outside the community shows just how valued the centre is.

“We are very pleased. It gives up hope of moving forward in a positive direction,” she said.

People can also support Schubert Centre in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Make a donation
  • Purchase a $50 membership, open to all ages
  • Book a corporate meeting or event
  • Utilize its catering services
  • Rent the tour bus
  • Enjoy a hot lunch Monday to Friday in the Schubert Cafeteria
  • Purchase tickets to the Furnace Fundraiser
  • Donate a silent auction item
  • Shop at the Thrift Store
  • Support Bingo on Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon

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