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Racing bathtubs raise more than $18K for Penticton hospital

Jim Cavin of the Summerland Yacht Club, second from left, presents $18,444 in proceeds from the Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race to Janice Perrino of the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation. Present are yacht club members Gil and Edi Inglis, Shelley Reimer and Ray Davis.
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September 10, 2015 - 1:00 PM

PENTICTON - A fledgling fundraiser featuring bathtubs did better than expected for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation last month.

The Aug. 22 running of the inaugural Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race raised more than $18,000 for the foundation, money that will go towards providing medical equipment for the proposed Patient Care Tower at Penticton Regional Hospital.

Sixteen bathtub racers competed in the round trip race to Penticton, which was won by Mike Stohler.

“The race was very well received,“ Summerland Yacht Club spokesman Jim Cavin says. “We raised more than we had targeted. Everyone I’ve talked to seemed happy with the way it went."

Plans are already in the works for next year’s race, tentatively slated for Aug. 20, 2016. The race is hosted by the Summerland Yacht Club

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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