Mamas for Mamas to host charity gala

Shannon Christensen (centre) with her husband Dylan and mom Michelle Davies.
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KELOWNA – A fast growing group of Okanagan moms who provide help and support for other moms in the area will hold their first ever fundraising gala this fall. And they are looking to the public for help with auction items.

Mamas for Mamas founder Shannon Christensen says the group has grown so quickly that they are now in need of a permanent office space to help coordinate the efforts of their more than 2,300 members.

“It’s exciting,” Christensen says. “We’re getting more than 100 new members every week.”

Since starting in April last year, Mamas for Mamas has helped hundreds of local families by providing everything from clothes to food to diapers and toys for moms struggling to make ends meet.

“They were falling through the cracks,” she says. “They were marginalized and they were getting further marginalized by the lack of support.”

The fundraiser is scheduled for November 13, 2015 at the Laurel Packinghouse Pub in Kelowna.

“There will be an amazing band, food, wine, dancing and lots of fun stuff,” Christensen says, adding that she is still looking for a main sponsor.

“We’d love to get a local winery that wants their name associated with such an awesome cause,” she says.

The group is also looking for items or services that members of the community would be willing to donate as part of the silent auction.

“We’re looking for all kinds of things,” she says. “Wine, a stay at a local resort, anything that people would like.”

If you or your organization would like to make a donation to the cause, email Shannon at mamasformamas@gmail.com.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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