There was no emptiness at the Vernon Rona parking lot.
Many North Okanagan residents stopped by and dropped off bottles and cans Jan. 5 to help raise funds in the first Great Empty Round Up, which supports Super Grad festivities at Vernon’s four secondary schools – Seaton, Fulton, Kalamalka and Vernon.
“It was perfect and a lot of people were excited to be a part of it,” said organizer David Hesketh.
Final numbers were still being added up Tuesday, but Hesketh is confident the Great Empty Round Up raised approximately $2,000, which will be split between the schools.
“That’s awesome for a first-time event,” said Hesketh.
Residents were asked to drop off their empties at a specially marked tent during a four-hour period Sunday at Rona. There, about 35 volunteer students and parents from the schools sorted the returns.
Each person who dropped off their empties was given a ticket to vote for one of the schools and give that school a chance to win a new barbecue from Rona.
Fulton edged out Vernon Secondary by one vote.
“Fulton can now use the barbecue or raffle it off to raise funds,” said Hesketh.
The event included a bonfire, hot dogs, marshmallows, popcorn and hot chocolate.
Event sponsors included Rona, Signs By Elephant, Chasers Bottle Depot, Kiss-FM, Tim Hortons and The Morning Star.