On Wednesday evening (December 5) the Shuswap’s newest women’s networking group, Shuswap Women Who Wine hosted their second quarterly Community Giving event. The Event was hosted at the Salmon Arm Curling Centre and was attended by 72 members of the community, almost double the attendance from their first giving event in September. Attendees enjoyed a made-from-scratch Mediterranean themed meal while they heard from NOSBIS, the SAFE Society, and Salmon Arm Rescue Unit, who were the organizations nominated to present about community projects they are looking to fund. The structure of these events is simple; each of the attendees contribute $100 to the donation pool and then vote by secret ballot after hearing about all three projects. The organization with the most votes receives 80% of the donations and the two runner ups each receive 10%. However, the evening took an unexpected turn when Carlene Duczek from NOSBIS told the attendees that if NOSBIS received the most votes, they would happily split their winnings with their competitors. This offer created a domino effect of generosity when one attendee, Melissa Franklin, owner of Playcare Early Childhood Centre in Salmon Arm, stood up and offered to help the SAFE Society complete their project, estimated to cost $5,163, to support their PEACE Program and revitalize their children’s group room. Kathleen Seeley, another attendee, then stood up and asked the room to pull together an additional $1,300 for NOSBIS to cover the cost of their Mobility Aid Project that Carlene had presented. Tim and Dawn Alstad, from the Salmon Arm Rescue Unit, then announced that they would also personally donate an additional $100 to each of their competitors, regardless of who received the most votes. In the end, NOSBIS received a majority vote meaning $7,730 was split three ways between the organizations in addition to the extra $200 from the Alstad’s, the additional $1,300 raised for NOSBIS and the ~$2,600 that Melissa Franklin will be donating directly to the SAFE Society to complete their project.
The Board of Directors of Shuswap Women Who Wine would like to thank all members, attendees, and sponsors for their tremendous support and overwhelming generosity in helping them impact these three organizations with a grand total of more than $11,800. If you are interested in joining this monthly women’s networking group or would like to nominate a local organization for the next Community Giving Event in March 2019, please visit www.womenwhowine.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org.