Hodge: Local fundraisers starting up to help earthquake victims

While I am normally not a huge promoter of fundraising causes outside of Canada, like many Canadians I am boggled and stunned at the devastation and destruction taking place in Japan.

While I am normally not a huge promoter of fundraising causes outside of Canada, like many Canadians I am boggled and stunned at the devastation and destruction taking place in Japan.

As anticipated, a number of fundraising events have popped up locally in support of assisting Japanese survivors.

A recent one started in Kelowna is expanding by the second. Anyone familiar with the social network phenomena Facebook may have already heard of Artists For Japan, which is gathering artwork to sell with proceeds going to that nation.

I suggest you check it out if interested in either contributing or purchasing. “We are a grassroots group of artists shaken by the disaster in Japan and respectful of the honourable way the Japanese people are conducting their cleanup. We are posting art on Facebook for auction. The proceeds will go to the Red Cross efforts and the winning bid will get the art shipped to them. Please join us and upload a piece you would like to donate,” the Facebook page reads.

Meanwhile, Summerhill Pyramid Winery will hold an Artist for Japan auction table at its location on Friday, March 25, starting at 4 p.m.


If you’re looking to step out and step it up with some superb bluegrass tunes while supporting local history, then I have the time and location for you.

The Benvoulin Heritage Church, at 2279 Benvoulin Rd., on Sunday, May 1, is where you want to be for a terrific afternoon of fine music by the award winning Day Late and A Dollar Short.

The historic Benvoulin Church will be rocking with this down-home music celebration by one of the best bluegrass groups in the country.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Central Okanagan Historical Society to be used for restoration projects at the Benvoulin site.

Formed in 2004, the Okanagan-based Day Late and Dollar Short is known for its up-tempo traditional musical style, excellent three and four-part harmonies, and smoking-hot acoustic instrumentals.

Day Late was a clear-cut winner of B.C. Bluegrass Association Band of the Year award in 2006 and has been playing to sold-out audiences from their inception.

With more than 200 years of musical experience between them, the boys come from all across Western Canada, including Winnipeg, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Kelowna-born Jack Kinakin is a fan favourite with his skills on the dobro.

Day Late has helped raise thousands of dollars for local charitable causes and is one of the most respected bands in the valley for their community involvement.

The music kicks into gear at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling the COHS office at 250-861-7188.


Congratulations are due to the final nominees in the 36th annual Kelowna Civic and Community Awards.

Winners in each category will be revealed at the Gala Ceremony on Wednesday, April 27, at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

Among the finalists are: Gordie Abougoush, Jim Belshaw, and Thomas Budd for the Fred Macklin-Man of the Year Award; and Joyce Brinkerhoff, Heather Schneider, and Julie Wambeke for the Sarah Donalda Treadgold-Women of the Year award. Congratulations folks!

Tickets for the awards evening are available to the public starting Monday at the Recreation & Cultural Services office in the Capri Centre Mall (next to Extra Foods) or by phoning 250 469-8811.

More information may also be found at www.kelowna.ca.


And finally, Kelowna residents are being encouraged to submit nominations for the 2011 Mayor’s Environmental Achievement Awards.

Presented annually to individuals and groups who have made outstanding or innovative contributions to the protection or management of the environment, the awards are now in their 11th year.

Nominations are encouraged for individuals, businesses, schools and organizations for environmental causes including in the areas of friendly commuter, yard and garden, and most sustainable development.

The awards are based on nominations received from the community—so get involved and nominate someone you know who deserves the acknowledgement.

Winner selection is based on the highest level of environmental dedication, perseverance, accomplishment and achievement as judged by a committee of previous award winners.

Nomination forms are available on the city’s website at kelowna.ca/environment. The deadline for nominations is May 6.


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