FUNDRAISING EFFORT Volunteers with the Summerland Health Care Auxiliary raised $1 million over five years for the expansion tower at the Penticton Regional Hospital. In the back row from left are secretary Marilyn Combres, president Vivian Beattie and past president Gloria Flaman. In front from left are treasurer Berit Hack, first vice-president Rebecca Marquardt and second vice-president Wendy Thomas. (John Arendt/Summerland Review)

Summerland auxiliary raised $1M for hospital tower

Funds came from sales at Summerland Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop

The Summerland Health Care Auxiliary has raised $1 million for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation’s equipment campaign for new tower at the Penticton Regional Hospital, making the organization the third highest contributor to the campaign.

The money was raised through sales at the auxiliary’s thrift store on Victoria Road North.

Five years ago, the auxiliary pledged to raise $1 million over five years for the auxiliary.

“We looked at what we had done over the last five years and decided we could do this,” said Wess Campbell, then the president of the auxiliary. “We have great support from this community.”

At the time, the auxiliary was taking in around $320,000 a year through the thrift store.

The store is open just 15 hours a week, from Tuesday to Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Prices at the store are low and have not changed in many years, said Berit Hack, the auxiliary’s treasurer.

READ ALSO: Video: Virtual tour of the David E. Kampe tower

READ ALSO: Penticton hospital tower cost $312.5 million

However, the store is a busy place during its open hours and on Tuesday before the doors open at 1 p.m., there is often a long lineup on the sidewalk in front of the store.

“Because of the selection we have, this is a mini department store,” Hack said.

Rebecca Marquardt, first vice-president of the auxiliary, added that the store receives many unique donations from the community throughout the year.

“You don’t know what you’re going to find,” she said. “It’s like Aladdin’s cave every time.”

While many customers are from Summerland and the surrounding area, some will travel from elsewhere in the Okanagan and Similkameen to visit the store, said Vivian Beattie, president of the auxiliary.

The store has 150 volunteers who provide help in sorting, cleaning, pricing and selling the donated items the store receives.

The auxiliary was started in 1909 and has provided funding for health care since that time.

In addition, it supplies money to other community organizations.

Now that the $1 million fundraising goal for the hospital tower has been met, Beattie said the hospital has approached the auxiliary for financial assistance on another project. Details on this next fundraising initiative are not yet available.

To report a typo, email:
news@summerlandreview.com
.



news@summerlandreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Controlled burning taking place in Summerland

Locals are advised that smoke may be present east of Sunset Place near the Deer Ridge subdivision

Australia Day fundraiser at Penticton’s Slackwater Brewing a success

Money raised at Australia day party donated directly to Victoria Bushfire Relief Fund

Penticton Indian Band stands in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en

“We’ve lived in this area for 10,000 years, and our knowledge is being disregarded…” - Chad Eneas.

Techstars Penticton took start-ups from ideas to pitches in 54 hours over the weekend

Local businesspeople worked their ideas to present before a panel of judges.

Summerland native leads bobsled teams to silver and bronze

Kripps makes podium twice in Konigssee

B.C. reports first coronavirus in Vancouver region

First patient visited Wuhan, China, reported symptoms

VIDEO: Canada looking to help 126 Canadians quarantined in China for coronavirus

China has confirmed more than 4,500 cases of the new virus, with more than 100 deaths

Alessia Cara to host and perform at 2020 Juno Awards

Multi-platinum Canadian singer-songwriter also up for six awards, including Artist of the Year

Watch out for scams, clickbait in the wake of Kobe Bryant’s death: Better Business Bureau

Kobe Bryant and his daughter were killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles

Calgary man dies in snowmobiling incident near Revelstoke

Boulder Mountain is a popular snowmobiling area west of the city

Kamloops killer who claims victim stabbed himself has appeal dismissed

Gordon Camille was sentenced to 6 years in a federal penitentiary following a 2018 manslaughter conviction

‘Very disrespectful’: Headstones at Okanagan cemetery damaged by excavation crew

Headstones at Enderby’s Cliffside Cemetery mistakenly driven over by excavation crew

Despite reports of decline, birds flocking to national parks in Canadian Rockies

Recent studies suggest overall bird population has slid by three billion since 1970

Central Okanagan man accused of sexual assault found not guilty due to alibi

Justice Dennis Hori determined a reasonable doubt in the Crown’s case against Robert Copeland

Most Read