Alex Steinley (left) and Aaron Williamson test out the Corporate Feud game with Aaron Bergeron and Jay McCooeye (right) prior to the Charity Challenge fundraiser Friday at Okanagan College.

Alex Steinley (left) and Aaron Williamson test out the Corporate Feud game with Aaron Bergeron and Jay McCooeye (right) prior to the Charity Challenge fundraiser Friday at Okanagan College.

Vernon teams Feuding for charity

Okanagan College students are pairing charity with challenge as they put some local corporations to the test.

Okanagan College students are pairing charity with challenge as they put some local corporations to the test.

SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) Okanagan are hosting the first annual Charity Challenge Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Okanagan College Kalamalka campus cafeteria.

The event is a fundraiser for both SIFE and the North Okanagan Hospice Society. But the main focus of the evening will be a corporate feud game where three local businesses and one wild card team will compete in a Family Feud-style game.

“It’s something different and something fun,” said organizer Jay McCooeye, who has been working on the event all year with a team of five fellow SIFE students.

Focussing on Okanagan trivia, the questions were actually created by sending surveys out into the town to get real statistics, just like the TV game show.

“We tried to keep it to Okanagan knowledge, so name an Okanagan lake or mountain or something like that,” said McCooeye, adding that local celebrities Brian Martin and Betty Selin of Sun FM will emcee the event.

Kal Tire, BDO and Community Futures are the three competing teams in the challenge and four lucky guests will be chosen, from those interested, to create a wild card team.

The evening will also include gourmet appetizers, a cash bar and a silent auction with such items as a flat screen TV, Xbox, three-night stay at Predator Ridge and passes to play The Rise up for grabs.

Funds raised from the event will support both SIFE and Hospice (in part thanks to a donation from Mark Anthony Brands of beverages for the evening).

Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 250-503-7708 or emailing jaymccooeye@hotmail.com.

SIFE will use the funds raised to help students get to the national SIFE competition May 7 to 9 in Calgary (after returning with three golds at the regionals). Funds will also be used for some of SIFE’s programs, such as InStill Life for youth and its Dragon’s Den competition for young entrepreneurs as well as community projects like Let’s Can Hunger.

“If there’s a need in the community we take it on,” said McCooeye of the varying roles SIFE plays locally.