A donation by a Vernon artist has helped raise nearly $1,000 for Valley First’s Feed the Valley campaign.
The credit union held a raffle for a sculpture, donated by Valley First member Cory Fuhr. The lucky winner of the four-foot tall, one-of-a-kind metalwork piece was Vernon’s Wendy Craven. A second prize of a $500 Valley First registered savings plan was collected by Armstrong’s Suzie Sims.
“Feed the Valley is a tremendous program that has attracted the support of many community partners,” said Valley First’s Christa Phillips.
“Cory’s generous donation has helped raise the profile of hunger in our regions as well as some much needed dollars for food banks up and down the Valley.”
Fuhr, a regular personal contributor to Feed the Valley, is happy his artwork donation was able to raise the funds and awareness.
“Over the last few years, more and more people have become reliant on food banks,” said Fuhr. “Feed the Valley really sets Valley First apart; it’s also a terrific cause that I wholeheartedly support.
“In addition to making personal monetary donations, I thought I could help make a bigger impact by donating a piece of my work. Valley First’s commitment to fighting hunger in our communities really demonstrates a commitment to people over profit and I’m proud to be part of that.”
Since its creation in March 2010, Feed the Valley has raised more than $325,000 and collected more than 19,000 pounds of food donations for food banks throughout the Okanagan, Similkameen and Thompson regions.