Two young local entrepreneurs are giving back to the youth of the community.
John Oh and Josh Brazier opened up the Downtown Internet Lounge this summer, offering Internet access, online entertainment and education via computers and console gaming.
In conjunction with the grand opening of the lounge, the pair are hosting a charity event from today until Sunday.
The Downtown Internet Lounge will be donating all of its profits during the charity weekend to Teen Junction, a local organization that provides a safe environment for youth ages 14 to 18.
Oh and Brazier graduated high school locally and are going on to graduate from UBC Okanagan in Kelowna.
“I think kids of all ages need a fair chance at the privileges that we had and the basic necessities that many take for granted,” said Oh.
“Helping out the Teen Junction was an easy decision and the least that we could do is give back to the community that we grew up in.”
The charity event will also include a raffle with a variety of different prizes; the top prize being an autographed Pittsburgh Penguins jersey signed and donated by Vernon native Eric Godard, who was recently signed by the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League.
Other prizes include donations from Bean to Cup, Future Shop, the Shack, and the Ricebox.
Situated between the Town Cinema and the Italian Kitchen on 30th Avenue, the lounge is open seven days a week with 20 state-of-the-art computers and access to over 300 gaming titles.
Recognizing the need for youth to have a safe and fun environment, Oh and Brazier developed a plan to open Vernon’s only Internet and gaming facility.
“We will always have the latest games for PC and Xbox, and we will be constantly building our business to accommodate the demand of our community,” said Brazier.
From birthday parties to computer based seminars, the lounge is open to all groups and ages.
“We hope to have computer and Internet workshops for all age groups and businesses in the future,” said Oh.
To promote better computer awareness, the lounge also seeks to host classes for seniors and others who may not be familiar with the technology.