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Vernon's Kal Rotary donates more than $55K to local groups

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June 02, 2021 - 5:24 PM

Fifteen Vernon organizations will benefit from the $55,700 donated from funds raised during last year’s Kal Rotary Dream Auction.

More than $106,000 was raised by the annual fundraiser despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This year we accepted applications for operating funds and focused on those not-for-profit organizations who had a critical need for funds,” Kal Rotary’s local donations committee chair Mike Nolan said in a media release.

The Good Food Box Society has received $13,000, the Men’s Shed Vernon Society will benefit from a $7,500 donation and operational funding to the tune of $6,800 has gone to the Halina Centre.

A donation of $6,000 was made to Miracle Bucket Society for families in need, North Okanagan Family Resource Centre received $5,000 for a COVID-ready workforce and Vernon Public Art Gallery will create a travelling art education kit.

Clarence Fulton Secondary School will purchase bicycles for out of classroom learning with the $4,000 it received and the $4,000 to North Okanagan Community Chaplaincy will go towards food and equipment for street church programs.

Other donations went to Schubert Centre for Meals on Wheels, Education for Epilepsy and Seizure Education, Vernon Montessori Society, Vernon Community Radio Society, Caravan Farm Theatre, SPCA Vernon and Independent Living Vernon.

“All the recipients have been very grateful for the support we were able to offer,” Nolan said.

The Kalamalka Rotary Dream Auction has raised more than $4.5 million since 1985.

For more information about Kal Rotary check out the website here.

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