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Okanagan Fest of Ale Society Donates $50,000

As a result of the very successful 2023 Okanagan Fest of Ale Craft Beer and Cider Festival, the Okanagan Fest of Ale Society will be donating $50,000 in net proceeds to charity in the community.

In celebration of Penticton Beer Week, the charity presentation will be held on October 23rd at Slackwater Brewing in tandem with the Okanagan Fest of Ale Volunteer Appreciation event. Media is invited to attend to take pictures of the event, please RSVP to ac.elafotsefobfsctd@ofni

The Fest of Ale Board of Directors, event volunteers and charitable recipients will gather together to celebrate the success of the 26th Annual Okanagan Fest of Ale Craft Beer Festival.

The Okanagan Fest of Ale Society Board of Directors is thrilled to announce that a total of $50,000 will be distributed amongst 16 well-deserving, local charitable organizations at the combined charitable grant presentation and volunteer appreciation event. We are so happy to be once again giving back to our community after a long covid-induced hiatus.

“This $50,000 donation will bring the total donations made by the Society to $800,000” said Michael Stokker, President of the Okanagan Fest of Ale Society. “We are one of the only not-for-profit craft beer festivals in BC and it is wonderful to be a part of an event that not only provides a fun and important festival to our city and craft beer community, but also distributes important funding to charities in the South Okanagan.”

The evening will also celebrate the 2023 event volunteers and thank them for contributing to the success of the previous festival.

“The Fest of Ale volunteers are an integral part of this festival, and the event could not be possible without their hard work. Every year, we try to recognize and celebrate the amazing dedication they have to our society, and we are looking forward to raising a glass to them on Monday.”

Stokker summarized, “On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Okanagan Fest of Ale Society, we would like to extend thanks to all vendors, sponsors, supporters, volunteers, entertainers, judges, media and attendees for making this event such a success year over year. Be sure to save the date for 27th annual event taking place April 12th and 13th 2024 in Penticton.

The 2023 Okanagan Fest of Ale Charity Recipients include:

South Okanagan Loss Society
Highway To Healing Support Society
Okanagan Similkameen Neurological Society
Peach City Community Radio Society
Animal Lifeline Emergency Response Team Society
Penticton Safety Village Society
Penticton Options for Sexual Health
Agur Lake Camp Society
Dragonfly Pond Family Society
Special Olympics BC – Penticton
The Penticton Centre for Exceptional Learning
PRH Auxiliary Meals on Wheels
Canadian Mental Health Association
Desert Valley Hospice Society
Penticton Recovery Resource Society (Discovery House)
South Okanagan/Similkameen Brain Injury Society

A special thanks to the 2023 Event sponsors:

Mile 37 Craft Canning Company
Prospera Credit Union
Riverside Liquor Store
Air Liquide
Martin Street Liquor Merchant
Cascades Casino
Great Little Box Company
Penticton Western News
WestKey Graphics
Ramada by Wyndham Penticton Hotel and Suites
Sandman Hotel Penticton
Fairfield by Marriot Penticton
Container World
The Growler
Move 97.1
Bounce Radio