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Campaign for Penticton youth centre hopes to match $200,000 anonymous donation

Philanthropist Barb MacDonald, right, is congratulated by Youth Centre campaign chair Judy Lloyd for being the first donor to have her donation matched.
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October 30, 2018 - 12:18 PM

PENTICTON - Penticton’s youth centre is getting a big boost after an anonymous donor offered to match up to $200,000 in donations.

The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan made the announcement today, Oct. 30, in a press release calling it a “significant development in the Futures Start Here campaign for the Youth Resource Centre.

Community Foundation executive director Aaron McRann says in the release the foundation is currently over halfway to its goal of $1.2 million for this phase of the fundraising campaign. He says the matching donation is going to give the campaign a real boost.

All donations received by the youth centre will be used to pay for renovating the main floor of the resource centre, located at 501 Main St., to open Foundry Penticton.

“Foundry Penticton is the anchor tenant for this building, providing youth (aged 12 to 24) and their families with one door to access youth services and resources in our community,” director of child, youth and family services for OneSky Community Resources Ian Gerbrandt says in the release. OneSky will be the lead organization operating Foundry Penticton.

The matching funds are limited to $200,000 and must be received by the end of 2018. Although there is a chance the program could be continued into 2019, that hasn’t been confirmed, so McRann is urging people to “jump on this quickly.”

Youth Centre fundraiser campaign chair Judy Lloyd was also thrilled to receive the matching donation.

“It’s been my experience that donors love to double their money, so I expect many of the folks we’ve been talking to will be ready to make their contribution,” Lloyd says in the release.


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