Penticton Vees raffles benefit kid's breakfast and women's charitable programs

Johnny Aantjes, Penticton Speedway owner, and Carmi Elementary School Principal Sharon Sola hold a cheque for the school's breakfast program.
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PENTICTON - Penticton Vees “Wicked Wednesdays” events have been a big help to the Penticton Speedway Foundation’s fundraising efforts.

The Penticton Speedway Foundation teamed up with the Vees and Underwriters Insurance,  raising more than $15,000 through a number of raffles that took place in conjunction with Wicked Wednesdays promotions. The promotions were part of Penticton Vees hockey games at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

This is the second year in a row for the fund raising raffle effort, as used cars, home entertainment packages, furniture packages and suites at the SOEC were raffled off for $2 per ticket.

The Penticton Rotary Club also assisted in selling the raffle tickets, which last year raised more than $16,000. The funds raised went to local breakfast programs and the South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS).

Breakfast programs at Carmi Elementary received $2,902, while Kettle Valley Railway Middle School received $1,500.

A Meals on Wheels program, (which included Queens Park, Columbia, and West Bench Elementary Schools) received $4,063, and Parkway Elementary benefitted from a donation of $2,944, for a total disbursement of 11,409, while SOWINS received $4,045.5.

The Penticton Speedway Foundation raises more than $30,000 annually through year round fundraising efforts which benefit local initiatives, organizations and families in need in the community.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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