Vernon Philanthropist Donates to Rail Trail Again

Okanagan Rail Trail fundraising events in Kelowna and Vernon this weekend are the place to be for an important campaign announcement, along with great food, drinks, and fantastic tunes.  On Saturday June 3, George Galbraith will be at the Kelowna Food Truck event at 2pm to announce a new fundraising challenge.

On April 3, local philanthropist George Galbraith donated $150,000 to honour his parents and grandparents, and pledged another $150,000 to match donations received before June 30.  From the north to the south end of the trail, communities have been raising funds for trail development in order to meet George's donation matching challenge.  Events this weekend will put the total community donations over $150,000, which will be doubled when matched, bringing the total trail development fund to over $4.75 million.  

"I initially thought that July 1 would be a good day to announce that the $150,000 donation matching challenge had been met", says Galbraith, "and I am impressed that communities have met that funding challenge already. I want to see us finish the trail".

"George's donation-matching has provided a huge boost, and people are donating for the second or third time or more to help finish the trail.  Local businesses have also stepped up to host or support fundraising events in Lake Country, Kelowna and Vernon", says Trail Ambassador Laurie Postil.  With a new challenge plus the great line up of events listed on our webpage, the generosity of individuals and our communities will help keep the campaign moving", adds Postill.

In Kelowna, 17 business partners and Trail Ambassadors are offering a food truck and beverage garden event. The June 3rd event will be located adjacent to the Clement Street Rail to Trails, at 1170 - 1186 High Road from noon to 4pm. There will be live music, a variety of food trucks, wine and beer, a raffle draw for a bike, and lots of other fun ways to conclude Bike to Work Week. 

In Vernon, Spinners Sound Centre is sponsoring a backyard concert in upper BX on Sunday afternoon (2-6pm) with Lion, Bear, Fox, a band described as beardy, stompy, soulful rock and roll.  More information and tickets are available at Spinners.