British Columbia Dragoons help United Way charitable campaign raise over $850,000
BCD Honorary Lt. Colonel Maxine Dehart poses for a picture with the BCD’s at the United Way Drive thru breakfast, raising over $110,000 in 2018.
Every October for 20 years, there has been a familiar sight outside the Ramada Hotel in Kelowna. A line up of cars is formed as Okanagan community members come together to support the United Way through a Drive Thru Breakfast. Under the leadership and support of newly inducted British Columbia Dragoon Honorary Lt. Colonel Maxine Dehart, individuals are able to donate to the United Way and in return, receive a bag stuffed with not only breakfast, but other great prizes as well.
The British Columbia Dragoons are proud to have been a part of this campaign in the past helping with handing out breakfast bags, as well as this year arriving in the new TAPV to lend a hand wherever possible. The Dragoons spent the morning of October 10th handing out prizes to community members, helping raise over $110,000 this year alone. The success of this event is evident, seeing it raise over $850,000 in its long history.
BCD Honorary Lt. Col. Dehart first came upon the idea when visiting Vancouver over 20 years ago, and had a plan to implement the fundraiser before she even arrived back in Kelowna. As much as she has poured her heart into the event, Honorary Colonel Dehart will mark 2018 as her final year of leading this fundraiser. The BCD’s hope to help carry on her legacy with continued participation in the Drive Thru Breakfast in the future. The BCD’s have furthered involvement with the United Way through other charitable campaigns, such as this years’ Child Safety Initiative, where the new TAPV was used to distribute over 100 children’s car seats to 13 communities in need.
Written by: 2Lt Ian Middleton