Dine out to help the homeless

A number of Kelowna’s businesses are helping men and women to find a warm, compassionate and safe place to rest at Inn from the Cold. 

  • Jan. 25, 2011 7:00 p.m.

A number of Kelowna’s businesses are helping men and women to find a warm, compassionate and safe place to rest at Inn from the Cold. 

Inn from the Cold Kelowna is a volunteer-based registered charity operating a 35-bed winter shelter and a year-round program, known as Inn Home Support, for persons recently housed or at risk for homelessness.

About 300 volunteers help to keep the winter shelter operating seven nights a week during the coldest months.

“We know that more people want to help, but lack the time to get involved. We’ve partnered with local restaurants which donate the proceeds from sales on specific nights to Inn from the Cold Kelowna. People can enjoy a dinner out and the proceeds will help provide shelter for Kelowna’s homeless people,” said Patrick Spinks, director of fundraising for Inn from the Cold Kelowna.

“It has proven to be a very successful formula. Last week’s event at Rose’s Waterfront Pub raised close to $ 3,000.”

“Our Dining Out to Help the Homeless campaign is about consumerism with a cause—supporting local businesses that support the vulnerable in our community,” said Spinks.

It was a positive week with Inn from the Cold also receiving support of $1,000 from Fidelity.

“Money goes a very long way with us,” said Tara Tschritter, volunteer and shelter coordinator.

Boston Pizza will host the next dinners on Feb. 28 at the Dilworth and Harvey restaurant locations.

The dinner is a Caesar salad and create your own pasta dish with choice of chicken breast of prawn skewer. Tickets are $20.

Information and tickets can be obtained at www.KelownaCares.com. For more information call 250-448-6403 or email iftckelowna@gmail.com.

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