The 19th-annual Maxine DeHart Ramada Hotel United Way Drive Thru raised $45,500.
UPDATE: 10:30 a.m.
A city councillor donned purple pyjamas and the community came out in droves to grab a one-of-a-kind breakfast and support the United Way Thursday morning.
Cars lined Enterprise Road in both directions for the 19th-annual Maxine DeHart – United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast.
DeHart spoke to the Capital News as she took a rest in Bill Sinclair’s vintage car. Sinclair joined a handful of other British Car Club members waiting in line.
“This is our 19th year,” said DeHart. “They’ve all come en mass to get a bag and support me, I am so happy.
“It is going so well, we are lined up both sides. The sponsors are all out. We started at 5:15 a.m. and there was a lineup, just waiting for us to open at 6 a.m., so we are very happy.”
Last year the breakfast raised just over $50,000 and this year it was on track to beat that number. As of as of 8:30 a.m. the tally had hit more than $45,000.
“We always make quite a bit of money,” said DeHart. “Of course there were disasters this year so whatever we raise I will be happy with. There is a ton of support, I am very thankful to the community of Kelowna.”
While the breakfast is a lot of work, and DeHart noted she is 19 years older than when she started, you will see her running around in PJs once again in 2018.
“I want to make my 20th,” said DeHart. “Next year is the 20th and I am hoping I can make 20 years. Normally an event like this only lasts about seven years they tell me, so I have gone 19 and I hope to make 20. I think that is pretty damn good.”
The 2017 final tally is still be calculated and we will update this story when it becomes available.
ORIGINAL: 8 a.m.
The Maxine DeHart – United Way, Ramada Hotel Drive-Thru Breakfast is on this morning, from 6 to 9 a.m.
The RCMP will be present on Enterprise Way to direct traffic into the hotel parking lot.
Along with Sun-Rype products in your bags, you will be treated to B.C. Tree Fruit apples, Dairyland yogurt, Kozy Shack pudding, Tim Horton’s Tim-bits, Kellogg’s products, Powerplant bars and Old Dutch Potato Chips.
Some of the businesses you will see in the line-up are Rona, TELUS, Coca Cola (Dasani Water), M&M Food Market, Chances, RE/MAX Kelowna, Okanagan Woman Magazine and of course, Tim Horton’s serving their famous coffee. You might win a grand prize of an I-Pad (U-Haul), Pacific Coastal Airlines (return flight for two to Victoria and valet parking at YLW), Orchard Park gift cards, leather chair from Heritage Office Furnishings, Samsung phone or new Fitbit from Tom Harris Cellular and a Samsung tablet from Waste Connections of Canada.
Scott Amis and Bruce Telford will be collecting donations, so please be generous.
There are also 50 – 2018 GOLFBC Championship day passes for two for the GOLFBC Championship Tournament June 14-17, 2018 at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club, a pair of polarized Kaenon ladies sunglasses from Wink i Wear, the latest Keurig from Scotiabank and two tickets to the Italian Club’s New Year’s Eve Gala.
There are literally hundreds of gift cards/certificates from Kelowna merchants who have been more than generous this year. Please join us and give generously as all monies raised stay right here in our community.