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$1.25 million raised to invest in Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen

Foreground from left to right: Vivian Turgeon, Sarita Gopal, Maxine DeHart, Ron Eberle, and Raghwe Gopal.
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March 27, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The United Way of Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen (CSO) has officially closed the 2015 fundraising campaign.

The final tally was $1,253,257, representing an achievement of 84% of the 2015 goal of $1.5M.

“Despite the state of the economy, our community continues to support United Way making an extraordinary impact throughout the Okanagan Similkameen,” says Shelley Gilmore, Executive Director. “Our volunteer impact teams will now go to work evaluating agency applications and determining the best, sustainable investments for these funds.”

The United Way would like to extend thanks to everyone who supported the campaign this past year. The top campaign of the year again was Costco Wholesale who, with over 100% of their employees participating in the campaign, raised close to $95,000. Bank of Montreal, known for strong support of their local community, raised $60,000. United Way is supported by 84 employee workplace campaigns as well as a number of corporate and individual donors, sponsors and volunteers generously giving their time.

This year, United Way CSO plans to invest in programs and initiatives that address the root causes of poverty throughout the region. Through collaborations, advocacy and collective action, United Way CSO is working together with agencies, governments, municipalities, associations, businesses and individuals to build stronger, healthier communities.

A Community Appreciation Celebration (formerly Spirit Awards) is held each year to thank the donors, corporate sponsors and media partners of the Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen campaign. This will include a sneak peek into this years planned investments.

Join us: May 4th – South Okanagan Community Appreciation Event hosted by Painted Rock Winery & May 19th – Central Okanagan Community Appreciation Event.

For more information or to donate, visit unitedwaycso.com or call 250-860-2356 (Toll free outside Kelowna/West Kelowna: 1-855-232-1321).

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