The Roster Sports Club Bar and Grill donated a collective $5,000 to the Upper Room Mission and Starfish Pack Program on Jan. 6, 2021, as part of its Dish out Kindness campaign, which ran through the month of December. (Contributed)

The Roster Sports Club Bar and Grill donated a collective $5,000 to the Upper Room Mission and Starfish Pack Program on Jan. 6, 2021, as part of its Dish out Kindness campaign, which ran through the month of December. (Contributed)

Vernon sports club dishes out $5K to local charities

Rosters donates $2,500 for Upper Room Mission, Starfish Packs in Christmas fundraiser

Two local food programs received a boost from a Vernon sports club to kick off 2021 on the right foot.

The Roster Sports Club Bar and Grill donated a collective $5,000 to support the Upper Room Mission and the Kalamalka Starfish Pack Program on Wednesday, Jan. 6.

As part of the restaurant’s Dish Out the Kindness fundraiser, $5 from each $50 gift certificate sale and regular-price entrée purchased for dine-in our take out Saturday through Wednesday throughout the month of December, was put towards the cause.

The Roster then topped up the $2,755 collected during the event to reach the $5,000 goal.

“We knew the $5,000 goal was a big one due to restaurant sales being down, but really felt as hard as restaurants have been hit due to the pandemic, we knew many charities would be hit even harder this year and we wanted to do our part,” owner Hussein Hollands said.

The Upper Room Mission has served countless meals and clothed those in need for the past 41 years.

“As the Upper Room Mission relies on donations from the community, we are so grateful to the Roster for it’s generous $2,500 donation,” said general manager Naomi Rouck, adding the donation equates to 1,428 meals. “May the new year have many blessings for all.”

The Kalamalka Starfish Pack Program provides backpacks filled with two breakfasts, lunches and dinners, plus snacks. They are distributed to local students every weekend during the school year.

“When it comes to the weekend, they don’t have the food they need. Starfish Packs was designed to change that,” program co-chair Krista Blankley said.

Each bag costs $575 per student for one school year, she said, adding the $2,500 donation will feed four children over 34 weekends.

“We are so appreciative for the support,” Blankley said.

READ MORE: Vernon sports club dishes out kindness

READ MORE: Calgary cop killed on-duty has Vernon Army Camp connection


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon's Noric House long-term care facility is dealing with an influenza outbreak amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (File photo)
Two more deaths at Vernon care home

Noric House case numbers remain steady, but death toll rises

A petition to spare the Mount Rose Swanson area from logging later this year has eclipsed 21,000 signatures as of Jan. 20, 2021. (Rose Swanson Mountain/Facebook)
Controversial logging will cut 4% of ‘sensitive’ Armstrong forest area: Ministry

A petition to spare the Rose Swanson area from logging has eclipsed 21,000 signatures

Vernon firefighters douse a fire inside a cardboard bin behind the Shops at Polson off Highway 6 Wednesday, Jan. 20. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
PHOTOS: Dumpster fire behind Vernon shopping mall

Vernon Fire Rescue Services respond doused recycling bin fire backing onto Polson Park

The City of Enderby’s Chief Financial Officer is expected to present the 2020 financial summary Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, with implications on Safe Restart Grant funding during the COVID-19 pandemic. (City of Enderby photo)
COVID-19’s financial hit on Enderby summarized: CFO

Revenue losses, savings on services define Enderby’s 2020 financial year

The BC SPCA is adapting its fundraising after cancelling events due to COVID-19 restrictions. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)
BC SPCA gets creative with fundraising as pandemic continues

The non-profit’s in-person fundraising events all had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions

Penticton city council heard from Dhorea Ramanula, of Paid Employment for People with Lived Experiences Tuesday, Jan. 19. Ramanula’s organization has operated public washrooms in Kelowna staffed by community support workers since April, she says Penticton could benefit from a similar facility. (Michael Rodriguez - Kelowna Capital News)
Penticton interested in new public washroom concept to combat vandalism

Public washrooms with on-site support staff have been operating in Kelowna since April

Canada Post had remove a lot of letter boxes around Penticton after they were vandalized. This letter box at the United Church on Main St. remains unscathed. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Street mailbox vandals strike Penticton drop boxes

Canada Post had to remove a bunch of the vandalized units

A rendering of UBC’s planned downtown Kelowna campus. (Contributed)
Kelowna’s new downtown campus to help alleviate UBCO’s space crunch

The sizable development is anticipated to be completed by the fall 2024 semester

Eighteen-year-old Aidan Webber died in a marine accident in 2019. He was a Canadian Junior BMX champion from Nanaimo. (Submitted)
Inadequate safety training a factor in teen BMX star’s workplace death in 2019

Aidan Webber was crushed by a barge at a fish farm near Port Hardy

Southern resident killer whales in B.C. waters. Research shows the population’s females are more negatively influenced by vessel traffic than males. (Photo supplied by Ocean Wise Conservation Association)
Female orcas less likely to feed in presence of vessel traffic: study

Research the southern resident population raises concerns over reproduction capacity

(Black Press Media files)
Transport Canada not budging on enclosed deck rules, despite calls from BC Ferries union

There have been at least 23 cases of the U.K. variant detected in Canada, four of which are in B.C.

The Elk Valley Hospital is adapting to meet the needs of patients in the Elk Valley.
1-in-5 COVID tests coming back positive in and around Fernie, sparking concern

Dr Ron Clark of Elk Valley Hospital said one in five tests was returning positive for COVID-19

Throughout December, RCMP conducted CounterAttack road checks as police worked to keep roads free of impaired drivers. (BLACK PRESS file photo)
‘You can’t make this stuff up’: Stories from the B.C. CounterAttack campaign

Amusing, yes, but a reminder impaired driving affects ability to drive and to make good decisions

Most Read