October 14, 2015 - 5:30 PM
PENTICTON - The 2015 Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Craft Beer and Cider Festival gave back to the community following another successful festival earlier this year.
Okanagan Fest of Ale representatives distributed $35,000 back to the community last week during a presentation held at the Shatford Centre.
The annual Fest-of-Ale event, which takes place in early April, is one of the best known and well-respected events of its kind in the province, according to society President Randy Kirkoski, who says the 2015 version was a 'tremendous success.'
Twelve local groups were recipients of the funds, which included a $10,000 donation to the Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation. Other recipients included:
- Agur Lake Camp Society
- Community Foundation Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Legacy Fund
- Desert Valley Hospice Society
- Okanagan Boys and Girls Club
- Okanagan College Foundation
- Okanagan Similkameen Neurological Society
- Penticton and District Community Resources Society
- Penticton Seniors’ Drop-In Centre Society
- School District 67
- South Okanagan Victim Assistance Society
- Okanagan School of the Arts
The two-day consumer beer and cider tasting event has returned $537,660 in net proceeds to the community since its inception 20 years ago. A board of directors manages the festival and is staffed by volunteers. Next year’s Okanagan Fest-of-Ale takes place April 8 and 9, 2016.
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