De-Hart: Walk-thru line and kids’ bags at United Way Drive-Thru

Load up all your paperwork and take it to BMO Financial Group and Iron Mountain Shred-A-Thon Sept. 13.

How time flies. The 17th Annual Maxine DeHart, United Way—Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast is fast approaching on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. We will be filling and distributing over 1,400 of the famous breakfast bags sponsored by Interior Savings Credit Union.

Diamond bracelet

All the existing and new sponsors and volunteers are all gearing up with overwhelming enthusiasm for this year’s event. New sponsors General Mills and Lake City Casinos have come on board.  Gemologist Michelle Urbanovitch of Party Rocks Jewellery has donated a major prize of a ‘Have a Heart’ diamond bracelet that will also come with a certified appraisal of $3,200. This piece of jewellery was given by Michele to the Drive-Thru in memory of our friend, Diane Lazauskas who passed away a few years ago.

General Mills

Tim Horton’s will be on hand to serve their famous coffee and Tim-bits will be in all the bags. Big White will be donating a lift pass for every bag valued at $75 for opening day at Big White, which makes the value of the bags well over $125.  I.A. Pacific Life and Terry Wardrop of Wealthlink Financial Services are on board again in a big way, this being their 17th year as sponsors of the event. They were the first ones to come on board when the event started in 1998.

MarketPlace IGA, our very own Sun Rype Products, Progressive Waste, Island Farms, Kozy Shack Pudding (comes all the way from Hicksville, N.Y. USA), Old Dutch, Nestles and Arby’s will all be on hand. Of course, the Kelowna Capital News has sponsored in a huge way, as has Bell Media and Global TV who have also been with the Drive-Thru for many years. That morning, turn your radio on to 99.9 SUN FM and 101-5 EZ ROCK with Andy and TJ who both will be on location at the Ramada that morning starting at 6 a.m. SUN FM will be on Enterprise Way and Andy and TJ will be just in front of Perkins Restaurant, who are also sponsors.

This year, FORTIS BC is handing out door and window acrylic siliconized caulking. Mario’s Towing will have one of their towing trucks on the lot and Booster Juice will be making their product in their trailer right onsite this year. Lil Moller and the Kelowna Hostesses will be in full force stuffing envelopes, bags and helping in the wee hours of the morning.

This year we are adding a special walking line, so that you can park your car and walk into the Drive-Thru. It will be marked and easily found in the front of the Ramada Hotel where you will pick up your bags after giving your donation. We are also incorporating new ‘kids bags’ this year that are full of all things that kids like.

Look for more weekly updates until Oct. 9. So, drive, walk, blade or bike through the Ramada Hotel, entering on Enterprise Way and start your day off right. If anyone would like to donate a gift card or for more info, please give me a call at 250-979-4546 or 250-862-7662. Remember, all monies raised stay right here in our community, with not one cent going to any administration fees. Please open your hearts and your wallets on Thursday, Oct. 9.

Long-time Kelowna Capital News senior advertising and print consultant, Cindy Draper, is leaving the paper and joining the team at Orchard Ford at 2741 Highway 97N as a sales consultant. Cindy is looking forward to her new challenge and opportunity with the company. Earlier this year, Orchard Ford was recognized for the 12th time and awarded the prestigious Presidents Diamond Club Award for outstanding sales and customer service, voted by their customers. Trevor Pollon is the general manager of Orchard Ford. Contact Cindy at 250-864-0338 or

Erhard’s Orthopedics Ltd. at #2-1551 Sutherland Ave. owned and operated by Erhard Marenbach is celebrating its 15th anniversary in Kelowna until Saturday, Sept. 6. They are offering a 15 per cent off sale on all in-stock items and you can enter a draw to win a pair or custom made orthotics. Erhard, an orthotics and orthopedic shoe maker by trade, relocated to Kelowna from Germany in 1999 and purchased Klaus Shoe Repair and renamed it Erhard’s Orthopedics. Erhard’s also offers shoe repair, sells shoes and sandals, makes custom orthotic inserts and orthopedic shoes. Call 250-762-6228

For the second year in a row, Valley Mitsubishi in Kelowna has won the Customer Satisfaction Award for scoring the best of 88 dealerships in Canada. The dealership scored an average of 99.58 per cent on customer satisfaction surveys of new car buyers. Rick Wright is the president of Valley Mitsubishi.

Fiona Duggan has recently joined the office of Edward Jones at 204 – 2975 Lakeshore Rd. in Kelowna’s Mission area. Fiona will be the branch office administrator working with financial advisor Mark R. Medley, CFP, FMA. Call 250-764-7088 or

Local artist, Jeff Fraser is about to unveil his new art medium Levo Art at the Kelowna Art Gallery on Friday, Sept. 12 from 6-9 p.m. Jeff and his father John own and operate a spray foam company, Fraser Urethanes Ltd. Jeff was born an artist and this will be his first opportunity with a new medium, in which he has incorporated spray foams into his paintings. This technique is new and unique and will be exciting for both the public and artists alike to view. House of Rose Winery will be offering complimentary beverages at the event. All welcome.

Kimberley and Phil Walker, owners of Rapid Printing have purchased a FASTSIGNS center to operate along with their existing commercial printing business. FASTSIGNS is at 1980 Springfield Rd., in the same building as Rapid Printing. Now in addition to full service printing, they are able to offer a larger range of visual solutions, including everything from wall, window and vehicle graphics to banners, architectural signs, trade show displays, digital signs, way finding solutions and promotional products. The team at FASTSIGNS includes graphic designer Delores Twordik, production specialist, Tim Pinnell and centre manager, Ketti Johnson-Plant. Call 250-862-3278.

Congratulations to Jeane Herman of MNP LTD Life Changing Debt Solution on meeting the rigorous requirements to become a Licensed Trustee in Bankruptcy. With 12 years experience in personal bankruptcy, Jeane helps clients find the best solutions to eliminate their debt issues. Call 250-979-2580.

New real estate brokerage firm, Sage Executive Group Real Estate Corp., formerly Realty Executives, has just launched in Kelowna. Being 100 per cent locally owned and operated, this boutique real estate brokerage firm has about 80 realtors. As the broker/owner of Realty Executives of the Okanagan, Nadine Westgate, now broker/owner of Sage states that they embrace out-of-the-box creativity in their business. Their offices are located at Bernard and Cooper in Kelowna; Highway 97 and Dobbin in West Kelowna; Highway 97 beside Tim Horton in Lake Country and Highway 97 and 29th Avenue in Vernon. Call 250-861-5122.

The Giving Day for charity will be held on Sept. 11 at Hudson’s Bay at Orchard Park Mall. Anyone with a ticket to The Giving Day will receive 20 per cent off almost all items in store with their HBC credit card or 15 per cent off with any other form of tender. In addition, ticket holders will be treated to in-store events and will be automatically entered for a chance to win The Giving Day Store prize of a $250 shopping spree. Tickets are on sale for $5 cash donation now at The Bay. All tickets sales go directly to charity. For more info call 250-860-2483 (ext. 224). Darla Strutt is the manager of The Bay.

With the support of the Kelowna Yacht Club and its members, residents with visual impairments will experience the beautiful Okanagan Lake, but a bit differently. For over 15 years, Kelowna Yacht Club members have been hosting visually impaired guests along with their guides at the Blind Fishing Derby on Saturday, Sept. 6. Boats will head out at 9:30 a.m. with fishing gear and visions of a fish that wins the trophy, while others will embark on a narrated lake tour. This is followed by lunch on the dock presented by the Kelowna Yacht Club’s excellent kitchen team. All of the Yacht Club volunteer members are donating their boats, time and fuel to provide this unique experience to fellow citizens who seldom experience the pleasure of boating. Visit

It’s time to clean out all your unwanted paper. BMO Financial Group and Iron Mountain are teaming up for the 6th annual Shred-A-Thon.  Bring your personal or business documents to be confidentially disposed of while you wait to BMO, Capri Centre Branch, 1141 Harvey Ave. on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. All donations received benefit the Sunshine Dreams for Kid’s Foundation. Call Karen Warner at 250-979-1021.

Pig & Whistle Traditional British Pub Show is Sept. 17 to Oct. 5 at the Black Box Theatre. Based loosely on the successful Canadian TV series that ran from 1967-1977, it will be an evening of non-stop music and fun. The setting is a traditional English pub and many of the songs have a British flavour. Featured in the cast are Robin Jarman, Roger Ward and Corinne Marks, along with newcomers Pamela Renzi, Jennifer Turner and Judy Dow. Band members are Sylvia Clerk, Jim Rhindress and Rob Crawford. Tickets are $25 ($30 at door) available at Select Your Tickets Prosper Place or 250-762-5050.

The Kelowna Chapter of Days for Girls is hosting an open house on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 2-4 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church hall at 4091 Lakeshore Rd. Local teacher, Erika Van Oyen from Glenmore Elementary, who recently spent a year in Uganda, will be speaking about the distribution of the washable reusable sanitary supplies made in the Okanagan, which enable girls to not miss days from school. All welcome.

A reminder that the Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope is Sunday, Sept. 7 at the Mission Creek EECO centre starting at 9 a.m. They are welcoming everyone to come out and join in the festivities and walk.

Birthdays of the week: Mayor Walter Gray (today, Sept. 4); Shirley Filip (Sept. 4); Ione Yeager (Sept. 4); Paul Johnson (Sept. 4); John Marritt (Sept. 4); Russ Light (Sept. 5); Sharon Bazil (Sept. 5); Gail Magrath (Sept. 6); Betty Russell (Sept. 6); Iris Moffat (Sept. 7); Robin Smith (Sept.7); Garth Letcher (Sept. 8); Mike Wilding (Sept. 9);  Rose Kardynal, my second mom (Sept. 10); Humberto Morales (Sept. 10); Amber Gerding (Sept. 10); Phillippe Daigle (Sept. 10).

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