DeHart: Open your hearts and wallets for United Way

Great charity to support, great prizes to win at Maxine DeHart-United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast Oct. 10

This Chocolate/Midnight and White Diamond Have a Heart Necklace donated by jeweler Michelle Urbanovitch is one of the draw prizes for the Maxine DeHart-United Way Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast set for next Thusday

This Chocolate/Midnight and White Diamond Have a Heart Necklace donated by jeweler Michelle Urbanovitch is one of the draw prizes for the Maxine DeHart-United Way Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast set for next Thusday

It’s only one week until the Maxine DeHart-United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 6 to 9 a.m.

The dynamic 101.5 EZ Rock radio morning duo Andy & TJ will be live right in front of Perkins on the Ramada Hotel parking lot while the  99.9 Sun FM popular duo Sonia Sidhu and Kevin Lim will be on Enterprise Way to greet you when entering the breakfast lineup. The RCMP and their volunteers will also be out to direct you into the Ramada parking lot from Enterprise Way.

We have so many great items in the bags and some pretty skookum grand prizes also. Hidden in the bags will be two gift certificates for Android Smart Phones valued at $400 each, donated by Jim McLellan, regional director of sales for Tom Harris Cellular-TV-Internet, located at 2447 Highway 97 North. One lucky person will also win a Chocolate/Midnight and White Diamond “Have a Heart” Necklace valued at $3,000 donated by jeweler Michelle Urbanovitch.

And if that isn’t enough, Tom Keitel, with  Entertainment Books, will be donating 200 Vancouver Entertainment Books (which have coupons from Kelowna and other cities). If you’re lucky, you might also receive a Scotiabank movie pass in our goodie bag.

Please bring your toonies as Alex Draper, with Shut Out Sports, will be collecting toonies for a draw for a signed framed 20 x 24 picture of Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa. Re/Max realtors will be on hand giving out goodies in the line-up along with Princess Auto. Sleep Country has been a sponsor for many years and is donating a beautiful gift basket full of goodies from their store. Local prosthodontist, Dr. Ronald Shupe will be putting tubes of lip balm in the bags and Laura and Melanie Lyne ladies clothing shops have donated gift certificates from their stores along with beautiful ladies wallets and lovely evening bags.

Purina will be on hand again this year with pet treats. So, walk, drive, blade or run though the Ramada. Remember all monies raised stay right here in our community. Please open your hearts and your wallets.

Well-known local financial advisor Randy Quigley has retired. He was a financial planner with Met Life (now Sun Life) and then branched out to run his own financial services business in Landmark III. Quigley has been a long-time, active member of the Downtown Rotary Club, chair and founder of the Okanagan Advocis School, president of the local Advocis Board and always put on a memorable men’s night at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club.  Jeremy Harris, who has been in the financial business for many years and also worked with Quigley, will continue to offer clients the same high level of service and strong financial advice that they have grown accustomed to. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table for individuals, families and businesses. Harris operates in partnership with Wealthlink Financial Service (Terry Wardrop, Mike Mervyn and Gary Wardrop) and can be reached at 250-861-4115 or email

Local marketing, communications and design firm Morningstar Enterprises, led by president Mary Krupa, has rebranded itself as Morningstar Interactive. The rebranding includes a new logo and website, a second office in Vancouver and an expanded focus that positions the company as one of B.C.’s most comprehensive interactive and digital media development firms. Morningstar has provided award winning communication services since 1996 with local projects such as Mission Creek Greenway, Return of the Peregrine Falcon, Renaissance of a Tree, Fortis BC PowerSense Communications, and national projects such as Kokanee Glacier Alpine Campaign with BC Parks and the Trudeau Family, The Canadian Centennial Flight Campaign and the Get to Know Program with Robert Bateman. The rebranding reflects the company’s growing focus on mobile/web applications and their recent expansion with the opening of a Vancouver office. The company shift from more traditional social marketing campaigns to cutting-edge interactive digital medial technology solutions reflects changing trends in the growing adoption of mobile apps for businesses. Braden MacDonald is the lead programmer for Morningstar Interactive.

Who would have known? Congratulations to Kelowna residents Brian Grant (president, Pacific Sun Equipment Leasing) and John Guidolin (regional branch manager, ScotiaMcLeod) who were inducted into the B.C. Football Hall of Fame earlier this month. Grant and Guidolin were teammates on the 1982 Canadian Junior Football champion Renfrew Trojans in 1982. The Trojans were in prestigious company, being inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside the likes of CFL legends Tom Brown, Willie Fleming, Dave Cutler and Don Matthews to name a few of the 2013 inductees.

After living in Mexico for 15 months and moving back to Kelowna, Chris Cooksey has started a new company, Chinook Condiments, manufacturing Chipotle Chinook Gourmet Sauces. Formerly with TD Waterhouse and RBC Dominion Securities in Kelowna back in 2004, Cooksey decided to take a different career path. The company’s main product is a chipotle sauce, with the name coming by way of trying to tie Chipotle peppers to Canada. The sauce recipe has been marketed for the past 14 years, but the company has tamed the Chipotle pepper to make it a bit milder.   Other products in the cue are Chipotle mayo and a couple of other sauces. Their product is gluten and preservative free with only three per cent sodium. It is really good! You can use it for a dip, dunk, drizzle or mix and it’s great with cream cheese or sour cream. It’s also great with chili and pizza. The Chipotle Chinook Gourmet Sauce comes in spicy and mild and is sold at Save-On-Foods, Coopers Foods, L&D Meats, Lakeview Market and Urban Fare. Call 250-300-0996, email or check out the website

After seven years, Wendy Falkowski, executive director of the Central Okanagan Child Development Association,  has left the organization as her contract expired and she is moving on. Falkowski is thinking that she might resurrect her event business, Marquee Events, doing the odd event or conference to keep busy. As well, she might consult for non-profits in the art of streamlining administration routines and procedures, policies or help in accreditation. Call 250-470-2592; email

Deb Guthrie, formerly with the Uptown Rutland Business Association, is now the new executive director of Habitat for Humanity Kelowna. Habitat is now actively looking for a new partner family for one of their homes in the Rutland area. The hope is to have a new family in the home by Christmas. People can learn more about becoming a partner family, volunteering or about Habitat’s mission by calling Deb at 778-755-4346 or or drop in and visit them at 1793 Ross Rd. in West Kelowna (near Bartley and Highway 97).

Steve Francis (AKA Stuntman Steve) has joined the team at The Juice 103.9 as a new advertising consultant. The radio station has also recently moved its transmitter to the CBC town site for better West Kelowna reception. Call 250-801-2720.

Infusions Restaurant, at the Okanagan College campus on KLO Road, has re-opened for the season and the dining room has been renovated. Infusions is offering a new menu this year. Some of the items on the new menu  include Lobster Bisque, Steamed Mussels, Crab Cake, Warm Duck Confit Risotto Cake and Marinated Golden Beet Salad; Mains of Miso glazed Lingcod, Sun-dried Olive Crusted Roasted Rack of Lamb, and Red Wine Cinnamon Braised Beef Short Ribs and Quinoa. The dessert options include  Frangelico Crème Brûlé, Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake (it’s fabulous!), Dark Chocolate Pate and Cornmeal Apple Cake. This is a wonderful place to go for dinner as the OC culinary arts department do an incredible job. If you have never tried Infusions, make sure to check it out. You will not be disappointed with the food, service or price. They are open Tuesday to Friday with a lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner starts at 5 p.m.  Jim Armstrong is a chef/instructor at Okanagan College. For reservations call 250-862-5455.

The Kelowna Farmers and Crafters’ Market Pumpkin Festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 12. The farmers are busy harvesting all their crops and they will have truckloads of farm fresh produce, fruit, meat, cheese, turkeys, chickens, honey and tons more. The market operates from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the corner of Springfield and Dilworth in Kelowna.

The Westbank & District Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours is Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 5 to7 p.m., at Mission Hill Winery. Member complimentary, $5 non-member rate.


Congrats to Hank Oberton who entered the Ironman Challenge at Orchard Greens Golf Club in East Kelowna and completed 104 holes of golf totalling 27,300 yards equivalent to 25 kilometers. Oberton also posted an amazing total score of 24 over par. Orchard Greens has an unlimited golf special on now until the end of the season. Manager

Darren Fedorak has decided to create some extra excitement by offering up a 2014 membership to the person who completes the most holes in a single day. Call 250-763-2447.


The Rutland Community Food Drive is Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Plaza 33 Cooper’s parking lot. There will be a hot dog sale, hampers and prizes. All proceeds go to the Rutland Community Food Bank and is sponsored by I Love Rutland Magazine, Cooper’s Foods and The Salvation Army.

Speaking of Rutland, the Uptown Rutland Business Association will host its 6th annual Scarecrow Festival on Sunday, Oct. 6, at Lions Park on Gray Road from noon to 4 p.m. This free event will include entertainment provided by Festival Kelowna, face painting, crazy hair, crafting stations, Lego experience, building blocks, water bottle ring toss, inflatable’s, market vendors and a scarecrow building contest.  For more info call URBA office at 250-451-9861.

JCI Okanagan will present the Okanagan Spirits Winetender’s Mixoff on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Laurel Packinghouse. The Okanagan’s best bartenders pair up with the best local wines in a competition to “mix up” the winning cocktail (See story on B1).

On Thursday, Oct. 10, Soles4Souls Canada joins Soles4Souls USA and Australia to raise awareness of those who have felt the effects of no or inadequate footwear. The campaign is asking people to commit to go barefoot for the day, an hour or even a few minutes, take a picture of your shoeless act and post it to social media with the hash tag #barefoot4them. A US running shoe company will donate $1 for every hash tagged photo to Souls4Soles and for every dollar raised we can distribute one pair of shoes. For more info call Jim Belshaw at Roy’s Shoes, 250-763-5696. Go to for more information.

Birthdays of the week:  Ray Sommerey (Oct. 3); Dave Proctor (Oct. 5); Marlene Murray (Oct. 6); Vic Ritchie (Oct. 6); Kelly Padula (Oct. 7); Barb Martindale (Oct. 7); Cathy Locke (Oct. 8); Karen Roen, Ramada Hotel (Oct. 9).

Maxine DeHart is a Kelowna city councillor and hotelier. Phone her at 250-979-4546, fax 250-860-3173, email


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