The Okanagan Fest of Ale Society was able to donate $60,000 to a number of charities from the net proceeds of the 2017 Fest of Ale event held in April. Submitted photo

Fest of Ale Society gives $60,000 to charities

Board members calling the Penticton event one of the most successful

As a result of the very successful 2017 Okanagan Fest of Ale Craft Beer and Cider Festival, the Okanagan Fest of Ale Society was able to donate $60,000 in net proceeds to charity in the community.

At a presentation held on Oct. 12, Penticton Okanagan Fest of Ale board of directors, event volunteers, sponsors, supporters and charitable recipients gathered together to celebrate the success of the 22nd annual event. The Okanagan Fest of Ale Society Board was thrilled to announce the $60,000 was to be distributed amongst 20 well-deserving, local charitable organizations at the combined charitable grant presentation and volunteer appreciation event.

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“This is one of the largest disbursements to charity we’ve had the pleasure of distributing and brings the total donations made by the Society to $637,660,” said John Cruickshank, president of the Okanagan Fest of Ale Society.

Highlighting the event were presentations made by representatives from each of the charitable organizations detailing their organizations initiatives and benefits to the community and a special presentation recognizing Randy Kirkoski, long-standing board member, for 17 years of dedication to the event brought the crowd to its feet.

“On behalf of the board of directors of the Okanagan Fest of Ale Society, we would like to extend thanks to all vendors, sponsors, supporters, volunteers, entertainers, judges, media and attendees for making this event an incredible success year over year. Be sure to save the date for 23rd annual event taking place April 13 and 14, 2018 in Penticton,” said Cruickshank.

The 2016-2017 Okanagan Fest of Ale charity recipients include:

100 Homes Penticton

Agur Lake Camp Society

Community Foundation of the South Okanagan

Desert Valley Hospice Society

Dragonfly Pond Family Society

Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs

Okanagan College Foundation Bursary

Okanagan College Foundation Child Care Centre

Okanagan School of the Arts, Shatford Centre

Okanagan Similkameen Neurological Society

Penticton & District Community Resources Society

Penticton and District Society for Community Living

Penticton BMX Society

Penticton Recovery Resource Society

PRH Auxiliary Meals on Wheels

School District 67 Bursary

South Okanagan Medical Foundation

South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society

St. Saviour’s Community Meal

The Penticton Centre for Exceptional Learning Society

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