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Breakfast gives United Way a boost
Breakfast continues to be the most important meal of the day for North Okanagan social agencies.
A total of $12,540 was collected during the Drive-Thru Breakfast at the Best Western Vernon Lodge Thursday.
“The community really came through,” said Linda Yule, executive director.
This year’s amount compares to $14,300 in 2012, but there was an individual donation of $3,000 last year.
A steady flow of vehicles made their way through the Lodge parking lot, with lawyers from Nixon Wenger and Davidson and Company washing windshields.
“I’m a professional,” said Jay Hack, a partner at Davidson and Company.
“I had a job one summer cleaning windows.”
Making sure vehicles got off 32nd Street and into the parking lot was the job of Carnival Cop Ron Morgan.
“I love it. Anything to help the community,” he said as he waved to motorists.
W.L. Seaton Secondary’s leadership class was also on scene.
“Some students are marshalling traffic and others are holding signs,” said student Emily Burke.
The Drive-Thru Breakfast was the kick-off to United Way’s annual fall campaign.
The campaign goal is $300,000 and the funds will assist 25 local non-profit community agencies.
“They are serving young families, people with disabilities, seniors, everyone,” said Yule.
Among the agencies that have benefitted previously from United Way’s support are the Whitevalley Community Resource Centre in Lumby, Vernon’s Family Resource Centre and the Enderby Family Resource Centre.
Other groups include the Kindale Development Association, the Falkland Boys and Girls Club and Vernon’s Upper Room Mission.
Yule is confident the 2013 goal can be reached.
“I hope the community wants kids to be ready for school and healthy, strong communities,” she said.
Donations can be made at www.unitedwaynocs.com or by calling 250-549-1346.