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Penticton cookie sale raises $7k for animal care during disasters

600 dozen cookies were sold at the 19th annual fundraiser
The 19th annual ALERT cookie sale raised $7,000 for the animal rescue group based out of Penticton. (contributed)

The 19th Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team (ALERT) Cookie Walk was a huge success.

Sixty bakers, 600 dozen treats, and 200 customers for a total of $6,985 was raised at the annual Cookie Walk held at Penticton Lakeside Resort on Dec. 2.

“ALERT would like to thank Fairstone Financial for the $775 sponsorship, the Penticton Lakeside Resort for the venue, all the bakers who created delicious treats, the people who donated money for the bakers, the fabulous volunteers, the media for sharing the word and of course the public who came out in droves to buy all the goodies,” the organization said.

This is the only major fundraising event ALERT does throughout the year and it was “absolutely amazing,” said ALERT’s information officer Daryl Meyers.

All of the money raised goes directly to operations and preparation for the upcoming season.

“ALERT wishes everyone a very safe and festive holiday season and we will see you next year. Enjoy your treats!”

ALERT is dedicated to animal welfare through helping with evacuations, rescue and shelter of domestic animals and livestock in a disaster like wildfires. ALERT is run entirely by volunteers and all money raised goes directly to the care of animals.

This summer, ALERT took in dozens of animals and volunteered countless hours well into the night because of various wildfires, including the devastating McDougall Creek Wildfire in West Kelowna.

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Monique Tamminga

About the Author: Monique Tamminga

Monique brings 20 years of award-winning journalism experience to the role of editor at the Penticton Western News. Of those years, 17 were spent working as a senior reporter and acting editor with the Langley Advance Times.
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