City raises $4,000 for quake relief

Vernonites have dug deep for those struggling through the devastation of Japan’s earthquake.

An auction and entertainment at the Performing Arts Centre raised $4,000 for Vernon’s sister city, Tome.

“The fundraiser was a tremendous success,” said Coun. Buffy Baumbrough, one of the organizers.

The event included the City of Vernon, the North Okanagan Arts Council, the sister city committee and the Vernon Japanese Cultural Society.

“The city came together to help our sister city,” said Coun. Jack Gilroy, sister city committee chairperson.

“It was a tremendous evening. It was a huge success.”

Much of Gilroy’s praise is directed towards local artists who made items to be sold off during a silent auction.

“A total of $2,100 was raised from  that alone,” he said.

The city and the Japanese Cultural Society recently established a fund to collect donations for Tome, which experienced damage from the earthquake.

Residents wanting to donate funds to assist Tome can drop cheques off at city hall or mail them to 3400 30th St., Vernon, V1T 5E6.


For those wanting to provide immediate assistance to earthquake and tsunami victims, they should contact the Salvation Army, the Red Cross or other sgencies.