Good deeds by local philanthropists celebrated

Day of Giving on Tuesday, Dec. 1, meant to encourage greater philanthropic work in our communities.

  • Nov. 30, 2015 11:00 a.m.

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran (right) with Harold Menzel

Black Friday has long been as much a part of the American Thanksgiving tradition as turkey and stuffing, a shopping tradition that has spilled over to Canada in recent years.

In response to a day set aside for “good deals,” another day is about to emerge to celebrate “good deeds” – Giving Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, Mayor Colin Basran will officially declare Giving Tuesday in the Okanagan and show support for a day that promotes the idea of giving in our community at an event planned for 10 a.m. at City Hall.

Just two weeks ago,  Basran joined Mike Roberts and the Okanagan Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) for another opportunity to celebrate giving in our community at the first annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon.

The luncheon was held Nov. 13 at Harvest Golf Club in Kelowna and welcomed 103 people. Of the attendees, 24 individuals and organizations were honoured for their philanthropic work within the community.

Roberts, who for 40 years on a local televisio story teller, weatherman and community advocate, kept the crowd laughing and engaged as he shared the many examples of philanthropy that he has witnessed throughout the years.

This annual awards luncheon was held to celebrate National Philanthropy Day, which takes place every year across Canada on Sunday, Nov. 15. The luncheon honoured and acknowledged outstanding achievements by individuals, foundations and organizations who contribute their time, talent and resources to the philanthropic community in the Okanagan and beyond.

In 2012, Canada was the first country to officially recognize National Philanthropy Day, a day set aside for celebrating philanthropy and highlighting the accomplishments, large and small, that philanthropy makes to enrich our society.

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