2014 Corporate Community Award Recipients
There is nothing like music to bring people together. For countless music lovers in Kelowna, that love started with lessons at Wentworth Music. Wanting their students to experience what it’s like to perform professionally, each year staff and teachers volunteer countless hours to organize two major concerts in both Kelowna and Vernon, with the proceeds being donated to the local Kids Care campaigns at Kelowna General Hospital and Vernon Jubilee Hospital. To date, the concerts have raised over $100,000 for these hospital campaigns.
The Band Factory program at Wentworth Music places students together in groups and in keeping with the idea music is meant to be shared, these groups frequently volunteer to share their musical talent, performing at events throughout the community.
Taking their students on field trips to learn more about the music industry is only part of what they do. They also found a way for students to earn school credits for their music lessons.
When tragedy struck a Wentworth student, who was seriously injured by a drunk driver, they were quick to jump in. The “Return of Riley Russell” fundraising concert, celebrated her recovery one year after the accident, raising awareness and funds for Mothers Against Drunk Drivers.
Save on Foods
If you have ever been asked at the Save-On check out if you’d like to donate to the B.C. Children’s Hospital Fund, you know it’s a cause they strongly support. Although the hospital isn’t located in Kelowna, Okanagan children are treated there regularly so both the Orchard Plaza and Mission Save On Foods stores frequently have ongoing fundraising campaigns.
Each summer, the two Save On stores support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund by providing walkers and runners with healthy snacks. Store employees and their families volunteer to help out and participate in the event as well.
Save-On is a major sponsor of the annual Canstruction contest, providing food for the structures and participating with a team. The 2014 event raised over 22,000 items of non-perishable food for those in need.
They’ve participated for the past 15 years in the Make-A-Dent in hunger program, they collect cash and food donations for the food bank, help smaller organizations with prizes for silent auctions and donate fresh food on a daily basis.
With over 250 employees, they logged over 1000 hours of volunteer time in 2014.