Including a charity in your will can be a great way to leave a lasting legacy. The South Okanagan Similkameen (SOS) Medical Foundation is teaming together with the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen to host a public Will & Estate planning seminar on Monday, June 3 at 2 p.m. at the Shatford Centre in Penticton.

Local lawyer Tom Kampman and financial planner Justin White will outline the benefits of making a charitable donation through your estate.  An estate gift can save a considerable amount in taxes after your death and greatly benefits those organizations looking for financial help.

Admission is free and there’s no need to pre-register. Coffee and snacks will be provided. For more information contact the SOS Medical Foundation office at

250-492-9027.

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The Emergency Department at South Okanagan General Hospital is about to be upgraded.  Construction of a $1.25-million renovation will start soon and be complete by the end of December.

Interior Health originally budgeted $970,000 for the project, but now the SOS Medical Foundation has committed to raise another $280,000 to include additional equipment and enhancements suggested by hospital staff.

We are hosting a public information meeting on the upgrade – and our fundraising campaign – on Wednesday, May 29 at 2 p.m. at the Oliver Community Centre. Medical staff will be on hand to explain the improvements and there will be a short video presentation.

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The Penticton Hospital Auxiliary holds its annual Take an Old Bag to Tea fundraiser on Sunday, June 9 at 1 p.m. at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. Don’t be fooled the name – this fun event offers a lot more than tea, including a fashion show, entertainment, door prizes and more.

Tickets are $25 each at the Lakeside, PRH gift shop and other

locations.

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With a population of about 700, Greenwood often boasts it is the smallest city in Canada.

However, the Greenwood branch of the Royal Canadian Legion continues to wow us with their huge support for Penticton Regional Hospital.

Branch 155 recently donated $5,000 to help acquire medical equipment for the PRH expansion.

This matches a donation they made last fall and brings their total donation to $10,500 – third highest in the Legion’s South Okanagan Similkameen zone which has donated an incredible $110,000 over four years.

Thank You to all Legion members in our area. For the record, the SOS Medical Foundation now has only about $400,000 to go in our $20-million PRH campaign.  We’ll get there – very soon.

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In closing, I’d like to echo the many

accolades and condolences to family and friends of David Kampe. I got an opportunity to chat with Dave several times over the past few years both at his Peters Bros. office and while he was in and out of hospital.

It was impossible not to be impressed by his determination to continue to battle while dealing with his failing health – while being just as determined to encourage others to support some key causes in our community. 

Much has been said about his support for PRH – donating almost $8 million.  He also gave to the Penticton Secondary Schools Bursary and Scholarship Foundation, giving graduating high school students who might not otherwise be able to afford post-secondary education, an opportunity to do so.

It was absolutely great to see David Kampe attend the April 12 ribbon-cutting for the PRH Tower which bears his name.  Somehow, you just knew he wouldn’t

miss it. 

John Moorhouse is the development and communications officer for the South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation.

For information on donating, please call 250-492-9027 or visit our website sosmedicalfoundation.com.