“Over the top” is how organizers are describing the results of Thursday’s United Way Drive-Thru Breakfast at the Penticton Lakeside Resort.
In addition to running out of the 850 pre-packaged breakfast bags, complete with an inordinate amount of swag, they topped their $20,000 goal by a grand.
“Everything went fabulously. We had a really fun morning,” said Erin Moore Lakeside’s administration and events co-ordinator. “We were really amazed by the support generated. We ran out of everything. They (public) donated and we gave them everything we had and it was our best year ever. It was our highest tally in the seven years, it was a lovely day.”
In addition to the more than $50 in goodies inside the bags there were another 150 grand prizes scattered throughout the bags thanks to a last minute donation by a local business.
Since the breakfast began it has raised close to $100,000 for the United Way’s critical work in the South Okanagan-Similkameen.
The event also serves as a kickoff for the United Way’s work fundraising campaign.
United Way CSO Helen Jackman described the breakfast as not only a great way to raise money but also to get the organization’s message out to the people.
She added that the funds raised locally stays in those communities.
“We do it because it’s the best cause around,” said Lakeside general manager David Prystay during the breakfast. “It’s an easy way to get to a large number of people at one time get the community involved so it’s awesome.
“Besides we have 360 dedicated staff that are all part of this community and we support them in many ways and this is one of them.”
Volunteers came from all facets of the community ranging from individuals to members of the Summerland Steam hockey team, Penticton RCMP and Pen High leadership students to name just a few.
“This is my third year here with the United Way,” said volunteer Toni Boot. “I think the United Way does so many great things for the people of the South Okanagan.”
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