From left to rightKeremeos Elks president Bruce Dennett and Dave Barker accept a donation from Keremeos Royal Purple president Marie Farren and Joan Popovich. (Submitted)

From left to rightKeremeos Elks president Bruce Dennett and Dave Barker accept a donation from Keremeos Royal Purple president Marie Farren and Joan Popovich. (Submitted)

Ladies of the Keremeos Royal Purple donate to help Keremeos Elks

The donation will help the Elks to keep their hall running

The Ladies of the Keremeos Royal Purple made a special socially distanced donation to the Keremeos Elks on Dec. 14.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the year has been hard for both of the community organizations.

“We have had no fundraising, we haven’t been able to do anything,” said Royal Purple president Marie Farren. “But we had a little bit more than they did, because they have all the expenses of the hall, and we just thought we should do something for them, because they’re hurting.”

The donation from the Royal Purple will help to keep the Elks going, and pay the bills and expenses.

Some of the larger events that help raise funds for the Elks were cancelled this year, including the Keremeos Rodeo and the Bluegrass Jamboree.

With fewer expenses, the Royal Purple has so far been able to weather the lack of fundraising.

“We’re okay so far, but another six months of this we might not be,” said Farren.

With news of vaccines making their way to the Okanagan, and more on their way, Farren is hopeful that the next year will be better.

“Once we get these injections, and we get some immunity going out there, somethings got to give.”

The donation from the Royal Purple to the Elks highlights how the community organizations are helping one another.

The Elks have also used a part of the donation to donate in turn to the Keremeos branch of the Royal Canadian Legion for their Christmas hampers.

To report a typo, email:


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

New trial date set in Penticton for Thomas Kruger-Allen’s triple assault charges

May trial was delayed after Crown witnesses failed to show up

A for sale sign is shown in by new homes in Beckwith, Ont., just outside Ottawa, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Thompson-Okanagan population grew despite COVID-19: report

The Chartered Professional Accountants of BC said there are 8,462 new residents in the region

Scales of Justice
Acquittal in Okanagan crash that killed vacationing dentist

Daerio Romeo, 29, was charged with dangerous driving causing death and bodily harm

Renderings of what the skating rink could look like beside City Hall between Martin and Main in downtown Penticton. (Activate Penticton image)
Penticton to get outdoor ice rink this winter

It’s hoped the rink will be ready to host 2022 BCHL’s 60th year celebration

Travel Penticton went to city council for support in increasing the tax on short-term stays to fund a convention bureau and affordable housing. (File photo)
Travel Penticton seeks to grow through increased hotel tax

The increased funds would go to creating a convention bureau and to affordable housing

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

Vernon-Monashee NDP MLA Harwinder Sandhu supported a motion in the B.C. legislature for Canada to create a national Indigenous History month Monday, June 13, 2021. (Contributed)
Canada needs a national Indigenous History Month, Vernon MLA agrees

Harwinder Sandhu supports motion to recognize June as month to advance reconciliation efforts with First Nations

Orange ribbons are tied to the fence outside Vernon’s Gateway Homeless Shelter on 33rd Street. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
POLL: Low-key Canada Day in the works for Vernon

Councillor calling for Indigenous recognition for 2022

A conceptual design of Vernon’s new Active Living Centre, which will go to referendum Oct. 15, 2022. (Rendering)
Active living centre 2022 referendum planned in Vernon

City hoping to get Coldstream and Areas B and C back on board

Closure of the 2900 block of 30th Avenue will allow restaurants and other businesses to extend their patios onto the street. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Green light given to downtown Vernon road closure

Single block of 30th Avenue to close over summer months to boost business

Graduating Grade 12 student Savannah Lamb has been awarded an approximate $40,000 scholarship from the Beedie Luminaries foundation. (Contributed)
Dedicated Salmon Arm student earns scholarship to pursue post-secondary education

Savannah Lamb is graduating from Salmon Arm Secondary with a $40,000 scholarship

A provided photo of the suspect. (Kelowna RCMP/Contributed)
Kelowna RCMP investigating after business robbed

An undisclosed amount of money and merchandise were taken from the business

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

Most Read