GALLERY: Vernon pair raise their glass and funds for SPCA

Vernonites Carly Innes and Katie Webber drank for a good cause amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on May 18, 2020. (Facebook)
A Vernon pair set up signs saying “you honk, we drink and donate $1 to the Vernon BC SPCA” on May 18, 2020. In total, Carly Innes and Katie Webber raised over $200 for the SPCA. (Facebook)
A Vernon pair set up signs saying “you honk, we drink and donate $1 to the Vernon BC SPCA” on May 18, 2020. In total, Carly Innes and Katie Webber raised over $200 for the SPCA. (Facebook)

In the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic, Vernonites are missing the way things were. Simple things, like enjoying a drink on a patio in the sun have been missed as health officials restricted restaurants and pubs to curve the spread of COVID-19.

But one Vernon duo turned their at-home drink in the sun into a means to raise funds for the BC SPCA Vernon and District Branch over the May long weekend.

Carly Innes posted an interesting pledge on the Vernon & Area Community Forum on holiday Monday, May 18, that reads: “You honk, we drink and donate $1 to the Vernon SPCA.”

“The idea was just a whim as we had some rolled coin around the house,” Innes said. “We just figured it’d be fun to spend some time in the sun, involve the community and donate to a good cause.”

Stationed along Mt. Ida Drive, Innes and a friend, Katie Webber, quickly raised funds while basking in the sun.

And yes, they remembered their sunscreen.

“Still got a nice rosy colour though,” Innes said.

The pair decided to support the local SPCA as Webber’s pooch, Lucy, was a rescue “way back when,” Innes explained.

“And one of a kind,” she said about the small black pup.

“Drove by a couple of times,” one Facebook user wrote on Innes’ thread. “Looked like you were having a blast! Awesome way to spend the afternoon. Drinking for a good cause.”

Innes extended her gratitude to her neighbours for their patience.

“It was pretty noisy for a few hours,” she said.

In total, the pair raised $200 for the Vernon branch.

“It’s great to know that we’ve helped a good cause and got the community involved in the donation process,” Innes said. “It was a great way to spend some time in the sunshine.”

For those wondering, Innes and Webber took the “we drink” pretty easy, Innes said.

“We had picked up a bottle of the Bumbleberry Buzz wine from Baccata Ridge Winery in Enderby at the Farmers Market that morning and had that mixed with the BX Cidery ginger ale,” Innes said. “Shopping local!”

As the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, Innes said the way people are connecting through creativity “is really inspiring.”

READ MORE: Visit the Vernon library without leaving home

READ MORE: Okanagan Rail Trail mishap sends mother to hospital


@caitleerach
Caitlin.clow@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Coronavirus

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

Just Posted

Vernon chamber encoucouraged by direction of cultural centre planning

The chamber endorsed the local advisory committee’s recommendations on next steps

Green candidate making Okanagan stops

Dimitri Lascaris, federal leadership candidate, coming to Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna

BC Burn Fund benefits from Vernon firefighters

More than $5,000 raised at 2019 R.F. Brett Memorial Golf Tournament

Coldstream’s Verbeeck continues dual slalom dominance with win at Kicking Horse

Bas van Steenbergen also earned his second victory of the CLIF Crankworx Summer Series

Roots and Blues festival to kick off virtually on Friday

Watch the festival on Black Press Media website platforms, for free

Video: SUV burns alongside the highway near Salmon Arm

Footage of the burning vehicle was posted to Youtube.

Have you seen Berleen? B.C. pig destined for sanctuary goes missing

Berleen was less than two weeks from travelling to Manitoba when she vanished

Algae bloom highlights nutrient concerns in Shuswap water quality report

Shuswap Watershed Council releases 2019 water quality report

Health Canada says several kids hospitalized after eating edible pot products

People warned not to store cannabis products where children can find them

‘It’s not just about me’: McKenna cites need to protect politicians from threats

Police investigation was launched after someone yelled obscenities at a member of McKenna’s staff

Michigan plans dedicated road lanes for autonomous vehicles

First study of its kind in the U.S. to figure out whether existing lanes or shoulders could be used

Police in Summerland hand out treats with tickets

Positive Ticketing Campaign began Aug. 9 at Summerland Skatepark

Aldo Shoes’ Kelowna store to close permanently

The branch is among those closing as the company restructures to deal with COVID-19 debt

Large missing python found ssssafe in Victoria after being on the lam for weeks

The snake was located more than six kilometres from where it went missing

Most Read