Pub event helps society raise cash for new boat

The Osoyoos Lake Water Quality Society is looking for a boat — an aluminum-bottomed pontoon boat — to replace an existing fibreglass craft that has seen better days at the beach.

“We have a leak — we’ve had a leak for a long time,” said society president Birgit Arnstein of the existing fibreglass craft.  “It’s not going to sink; it’s not unsafe, but it’s an older boat. The motor is older.

“It’ll chug along until the day it doesn’t chug along.”

The boat was the focus of a major fundraiser held at The Sage Pub last weekend, the society taking advantage of the pub’s Burger and Beer fundraiser to bring supporters together.

“We made a goodly amount of money,” said Ms. Arnstein. “We made over $6,000, including tickets sales.”

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That’s far short of the $20,000 the society believes it needs to purchase a good used boat, trailer and motor but it was good haul for an evening’s work.

“I don’t know if enough people sing his praises — I certainly would like to,” said Birgit of Allan Redekopp, the pub’s owner and manager. “He really goes out of his way to try and help people make money. I can’t say enough about him and his staff.”

The evening featured live music — cheerfully provided by The Coolies — silent and live auctions and a wine tower.

The Society has an AGM coming later this spring and will also be asking local schoolchildren to participate in an annual shoreline clean-up.

And the society will continue to provide its messaging of protecting the lake — asking operators to watch for gasoline and oil leaks and spills while on the water and invasive species while in transport.

Closer to home, the messaging involves the proper disposal of chemicals, paints and other  substances, conserving water and using phosphate-free household cleaners.

To learn more about the society and how you can support its efforts, visit osoyooslake.ca.

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