Charity event supports salmon

The Kingfisher Interpretive Centre near Enderby received $13,000 from the Pacific Salmon Foundation for a chinook conservation program.

The Kingfisher Interpretive Centre near Enderby received $13,000 from the Pacific Salmon Foundation last year to support a chinook conservation program.

To generate donations for similar volunteer efforts, the Vancouver-based foundation has teamed up with the Okanagan Nation Alliance to host a gala dinner and auction Aug. 2 in Kelowna.

“The Pacific Salmon Foundation has typically had to decline half of the project proposals we received because of lack of funds,” said Michael Meneer, vice-president of development. “Last year’s chinook project led by the Kingfisher Interpretive Centre was one of 57 Pacific salmon projects that we have supported in the Okanagan region since 1990.”

The volunteer-run Kingfisher Interpretive Centre was formed in 1980 in response to the near extinction of salmon stocks in the Shuswap River.

“The centre has become a mainstay of Pacific salmon conservation and education activities in the region,” said Meneer.

For sponsorship information or to buy tickets for the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Okanagan Nation Alliance fundraiser Aug. 2, contact Greg Senini at 604-664-7664 (extension 111) or gsenini@psf.ca.

The event will be held at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception featuring salmon appetizers prepared by a variety of Okanagan chefs. Tickets are $100 per person.

The Kingfisher Interpretive Centre is also offering a free learn to fish program for children 15 and under July 29. Tickets are also available for a salmon barbecue and annual fundraiser Aug. 11. For more information, phone 250-838-0004.