Festival of Trees a wish come true
— more than $7,000 raised

It was a Merry Christmas for the BC Children’s Hospital and South Okanagan Children’s Charity — thanks in part to the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Association and generous South Okanagan residents.

OOWA’s Festival of Trees raised $5,513.20 for the BC Children’s Hospital and an additional $1,783 for the South Okanagan Children’s Charity.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to give back and remember what the holidays are really about,” said Jennifer Busmann, OOWA’s Executive Director. “This is why we hold the Festival of the Trees so close to our hearts.

“We’re absolutely delighted to hear how much we’ve raised for such deserving causes.”

Twenty-four trees were decorated by local businesses and displayed in three locations within the Oliver and Osoyoos communities: Nk’Mip Cellars, Watermark Beach Resort and Frank Venables Theatre Lobby.

With a suggested minimum donation of $2 per person, visitors were encouraged to vote for their favorite tree.

Oliver Community Arts Council’s was selected the best tree with River Stone Estate Winery in second and Levia Wellness Spa in third.

A silent auction also took place to benefit the South Okanagan Children’s Charity’s Sunshine Fund, which helps local families with sick children experiencing financial hardship due to medical expenses.

All Festival of Trees donations go directly towards the BC Children’s Hospital’s The Excellence in Child Health Fund, which supports research, required equipment, and vital programs at BC Children’s Hospital, as well as Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.

Started in Vancouver 30 years ago to raise funds for the BC Children’s Hospital, the Festival has since grown to include many other towns and cities across the province.

The Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association is a non-profit organization with a goal to develop the wine industry in Oliver and Osoyoos through education and promotion.

Founded in 2007 as the South Okanagan Winery Association, the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association (OOWA) was renamed in 2011 to better reflect its geographical boundaries and now has grown to include 39 member wineries.

To learn more about Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country and year-round events program, visit www.oliverosoyoos.com.

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