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Bringing Families Together For a Meal

Published October 26, 2016 20:47

Taking a family of four out to a restaurant can be a great expense. Home-cooked family meals are important, but a change of scenery is always nice. It’s also nice to not have to wash dishes after eating! On October 6th, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Penticton treated families to a restaurant-style dinner.

“We wanted to provide a low-cost meal for families,” said Penticton Centre Director Jen Anderson. “Thanks to community supporters, we were able to host a delicious by-donation dinner at the Shatford Centre.” The event also raised over one thousand dollars.

Loblaws donated one hundred dollars to the dinner initiative. Meat sauce was provided by the Pasta Factory whose supplier, Sysco, donated the pasta. IGA Penticton rounded out the dinner with a dessert donation. These in-kind donations set the foundation for a successful night. One hundred and twenty-five families and community supporters enjoyed the meal.

In addition to the dinner, the Club hosted a small silent auction. Items were donated by Total Restoration, Grape Friends Lounge and Tours, Lakeside Casino, The Hudson’s Bay, Suzie Anderson and other local businesses. Proceeds from the dinner and auction contributed to the Club's Youth Recreation Programs.

The positive reception of the dinner has made it an annual priority. “We are excited to continue hosting an annual spaghetti dinner and we hope to expand our capabilities with more community supporters,” said Jen. Be on the lookout next fall for the 2017 dinner!

Amber, Elizabeth, Laurene

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