Vernon Animal Auxiliary wins Fox Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical charity contest

Fox helps other animals

Gena Barzan is over the moon.

Barzan operates the Vernon Animal Auxiliary and on Friday, Fox Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical announced the auxiliary was the winner of its 2023 winner of Wrap a Van for a Cause contest.

The Vernon company will wrap one of its service vehicles promoting the auxiliary, which helps animals of all descriptions as well as area seniors.

Fox will also provide financial donations to the auxiliary for a year.

“We have shared an incredible journey over the last couple of months. We started collecting nominations for the most amazing organizations that spend their time helping the most vulnerable in the Fox service area. Voting began Nov. 28, and the sheer number of votes that came through was mind-blowing,” said a post on the Fox Facebook page.

“We are filled with so many emotions right now as we never expected to even make it to the finals running against all of the fantastic charities and non-profit organizations that were nominated,” said Barzan.

“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who tirelessly voted for us as well as Fox Plumbing Heating Cooling Electrical for this incredible opportunity.”

Barzan said with times so tough they are “extremely grateful to have this additional financial resource to help us continue to do everything we can to help people needing assistance with their pets, during emergency disasters, our monthly Senior Hamper Program and during other situations when unexpected circumstances arise and we are in a position to help.”

Contest runners-up Pacific Assistance Dogs and the Halina Centre will each receive $500 from Fox.

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