The popularity of the annual Maxine DeHart -United Way Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru fundriaser in support of the United Way continued this morning for the event’s 18th year.
For Maxine DeHart, she was talking about the event reaching the 20th anniversary milestone, while greeting the people with her trademark enthusiasm who were waiting patiently in line to receive their breakfast goodie bag.
DeHart has been the face of what has become an iconic fundraising event for Kelowna at its inception and her leadership and commitment are the heart and soul behind it, but DeHart is quick to pass the credit on to the many corporate sponsors who make the event financially possible, provide volunteers to help out at the various drive-thru stations and provide the many coupons, draw prizes and other products that are included in each goody bag.
As for 8:30 a.m. this morning, the drive-thru had had passed the $40,000 mark in donations, hoping still to exceed the $52,000 record-high reached last year.
Ernie Konrad, one of the many motorists stopping to collect one of the 1,500 breakfast bags for a donation to the United Way, said this was his first time coming to the drive-thru this year.
“We always seem to be out of town every year when this happens, but this year I’m here and I wanted to come and support it,” Konrad said.
Watch for updates at kelownacapnews.com on the final fundraising tally for this year’s drive-thru event.