As a result of the very successful 2015 Okanagan Fest of Ale, the Okanagan Fest of Ale Society was able to distribute $35,000 to local charitable organizations. 12 local charitable organizations received funding for various community based project specific initiatives October 8, 2015 at Penticton’s Shatford Centre for the Arts.
Highlighting the event was a $10,000 gift to the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation, the first contribution towards a pledge made by the Society of $50,000 over 5 years in support of the Foundations campaign to raise $20-million for medical equipment for the $325-million Patient Care Tower at Penticton Regional Hospital.
“Over the years the Fest of Ale Society has donated more than $75,000 towards critical medical equipment for the Penticton regional Hospital. With this new gift today, their commitment will help generations of families over the years. We hope the region knows what this organization does for business, the community and for the hospital we all use” stated Janice Perrino, Executive Director for the South Okanagan Medical Foundation.
As of this year, $537,660 in net proceeds have been “gifted back” to the community by the Okanagan Fest- of-Ale Society.
The 2014-2015 Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Charity Recipients include:
Agur Lake Camp Society
Community Foundation Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Legacy Fund
Desert Valley Hospice Society
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
Okanagan College Foundation
Okanagan Similkameen Neurological Society
Penticton and District Community Resources Society
Penticton Seniors’ Drop-In Centre Society
School District 67
South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation
South Okanagan Victim Assistance Society
The Okanagan School of the Arts (Shatford Centre)