Second annual Great Ogopogo Bathtub race a fundraiser for Penticton hospital tower

John Fitzgerald, left, commodore of the Summerland Yacht Club, and members Frank Englehart and Gil Inglis pause after working on the club’s marina. The SYC hosts the 2nd annual Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race on Aug. 20 at Powell Beach in Trout Creek – a fundraiser for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s campaign in support of Penticton Regional Hospital.
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PENTICTON  - Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to start your bathtubs.

The second annual Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race takes place Saturday, Aug. 20 at Powell Beach in Summerland.

The Summerland Yacht Club is hosting the event once again as it supports the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s $20 million dollar fundraising campaign to provide medical equipment to the Penticton Regional Hospital expansion.

Last year’s race generated more than $18,000 to the foundation, says foundation spokesperson John Moorhouse.

Summerland Yacht Club commodore John Fitzgerald says he was pleasantly surprised at the success of last year’s race and says the club’s membership is firmly committed to supporting the hospital.

The event goes from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, with a 40 kilometre main race, a Nanaimo exhibition race and fun family races.

Other activities include sand sculpting, live entertainment, family activities, barbecue and a beverage garden.

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