Nadine Witt holds a cake up for bids during the 11th annual Zim Dinner and Dessert Auction recently, while Auctioneer Art takes bids and Fred Cooper helps out. (Submitted Photo)

Vernon raises $20,000 for Zimbabwe

Zim Dinner and Dessert Auction makes a difference overseas

It was an enthusiastic crowd of 250 dessert-loving folks who attended the Zimbabwe Society Project’s recent 11th annual Zim Dinner and Dessert Auction.

“The evening’s events raised over $20,000 which will go a long way in sponsoring more community development and sustainable business projects in Zimbabwe,” said Angela Yablonski with ZPS.

The ZPS’s premiere fundraising event for the year, sponsored by Vernon Rotary and SunFM, packed the Prestige Inn May 5 and included a silent auction with some beautiful items generously donated by both businesses and individuals in the community.

“It was a jam-packed evening that started off with a delicious dinner skillfully prepared by the Prestige Inn’s talented chefs, that included a number of authentic African dishes,” said Yablonski. “This was followed by a slide presentation of the community development work ZPS undertakes in some of the most impoverished villages in rural Zimbabwe.”

See related: Kids make a splash for Zimbabwe

The evening’s entertainment was provided by Dance Afreaka, an extremely energetic group of young African students who study at TRU in Kamloops, and in their spare time keep African dance and music alive in Canada.

“Their very high octane performance apparently was contagious as a number of audience members got up to join in,” said Yablonski.

“The highlight of the evening, of course, was the highly anticipated Dessert Auction where cakes are so elaborately and beautifully decorated they are works of art.”

Dancing to the music of Junk Yard Dawgs wound up the evening’s activities.


@VernonNews
newstips@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Wildfire west of Summerland completely guarded

BC Wildfire Crews are on scene of two wildfires that started Aug. 17

Vehicle accident closes highway near Enderby

Highway 97A is expected to reopen at 10 a.m.

Okanagan air quality levels worse than Jodhpur, India

Kelowna - Avoid strenuous exercise outside today

Caetani writer in residence: the journey to Vernon

Writer Sophie Radermecker spent over two months in Vernon finishing her novel.

Vipers’ sale rumours heat up

Ferner goes into camp without a contract

First responders, police march in funeral procession for Fredericton officers

Hundreds of officials marched in the parade, which included massed band, several police motorcycles

UPDATED: Super League organizers hoping for smoke to lighten

Inaugural North American triathlon on hold as smoke fills skies over Penticton

Wildfire west of Summerland completely guarded

BC Wildfire Crews are on scene of two wildfires that started Aug. 17

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

Nobel Peace Prize-winning former UN leader died early Saturday following a short illness

Apple Triathalon cancelled in Kelowna due to smoke

The event has been cancelled for Saturday

44 drownings so far this year in B.C.

Lifesaving Society urging caution to prevent deaths while on lakes, oceans and in pools

VIDEO: Ground crews keep a close eye on largest B.C. wildfire

Originally estimated to be 79,192 hectares, officials said more accurate mapping shows smaller size

Vancouver Island woman to attempt historic swim across Juan de Fuca Strait today

Ultra-marathon swimmer Susan Simmons to attempt to swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back

Evacuation alert issued due to wildfire near Princeton

The RDOS has issued alerts for properties in the electoral areas

Most Read