Residents rally behind legion

Save the Vernon Legion fundraiser Sunday to address financial issues

  • May. 1, 2013 2:00 p.m.

The entire community is being urged to rally behind Vernon’s Royal Canadian Legion.

The branch will hold a Save the Vernon Legion  fundraiser Sunday to partially address financial issues facing the organization.

“Admission is by donation and all of the money raised will be going into the Save the Legion fundraiser,” said Laura Gibson, first vice-president.

Sunday’s activities will begin with a pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m.

“Then from 11 a.m. onwards, we will have live bands for your enjoyment pleasure along with a silent auction and a live auction starting at 4 p.m.,” said Gibson.

“This event is an open house so the public can come and enjoy some beverages along with a barbecue starting at 11 a.m.”

The branch is completely reliant on revenue generated in the lounge to cover day-to-day operations, such as utility bills, rent and wages. However, fewer people are walking through the doors these days and that has negatively impacted the bottom line.

Through the 2012 poppy campaign, the branch raised $32,435 to assist veterans and their families.

And gaming activities at the legion, such as the meat draw, raised more than $31,050 for community charities.

Gibsons says the goal is to keep the legion open so it can continue to play an active role in supporting the community.

The loss of the legion could also mean fewer resources to organize the Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 11.

The Vernon Royal Canadian Legion is located at  4609 29th St.

“We would love to see a lot of the public come out and see what the legion is all about,” said Gibson.

For more information, call 250-545-3295.