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Kal Rotary divvies up $185K to local charities

Long-time Okanagan Valley auctioneer, Don Raffan, encourages participants to bid at the 2019 Kalamalka Rotary Club Dream Auction.
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From new mountain bike trails in Kal Park to a roof over the Lavington skating rink, Kalamalka Rotary has divided up the $185,000 raised at last fall's Dream Auction to over a dozen local organizations.

Kalamalka Rotary has announced the 15 different organizations involved in the community covering everything from health and the environment to athletics, recreation and arts and culture.

"The number of applicants grows each year Kal Rotary is grateful to the merchants and individuals who donate goods and services to the Dream Auction and to the generous supporters who attend and purchase these items,” Kal Rotary member Mike Nolan said in a media release. "Without them, none of these important community initiatives could be supported."

Among the recipients were the Community Recreational Initiatives Society who received $10,000 to purchase an equipment transport van and the Lavington Community Association received $40,000 to build a roof over. Jeffers Park Skating Rink. The Vernon Ski Club received $10,000 towards cabin upgrade and the Vernon Search and Rescue $15,000. The Vernon Rowing and Dragon Boating Club received $4,000 to help expand their dock.

Mountain bikers will be happy to know the North Okanagan Cycling Society received $22,900 to build a new four-kilometre intermediate-advanced trail in Kalamalka Provincial Park, while the Allan Brooks Nature Centre received $15,000 towards an HVAC and boiler system upgrades.

The Vernon Music School and the O’Keefe Ranch each received $10,000 to help towards ongoing renovation projects.

The Schubert Centre received $9,800 to go towards the purchase of a much needed new furnace, and the Brain Trust Canada got $3,400 for computers.

The Vernon Restholm Association received $8,500 for bank restoration for the adjacent BX Creek and The Archway Society for Domestic Peace was awarded $6,000 towards upgrades to their child-centred family therapy room.

The Vernon Senior Citizens Recreation Society's Halina Centre will be able to purchase a recumbent cross trainer exercise machine thanks to a grant of $3,400, while the Vernon Centre for Assisted Community Living Venture Training program now has $17,000 towards the purchase of a wheelchair accessible van.

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