Taxpayers are being asked to rally behind an organization that supports community programs.
United Way wants the Regional District of North Okanagan to waive the $938 rental fee for the Vernon Recreation Complex auditorium for its Wine Etc. Expo Feb. 16.
“United Way has been operating and raising funds for 50 years and it has never approached government for operational costs before,” said Linda Yule, executive director.
United Way’s fundraising activities support programs provided by 27 non-profit agencies in the North Okanagan.
“We’re a solid charity that supports all sectors of the community,” said Yule.
The rent is the single largest cost associated with the event and by having it waived, Yule says more of the raised funds can go towards the social agencies.
About 569 people attended the Wine Etc. Expo last year.
“We have vendors from up and down the valley and there is wine, beer and spirits,” said Yule.
The United Way’s request will be considered as part of the regional district’s 2012 budget process.
RDNO waived the rental fee of the auditorium for a Hospice House fundraiser last fall.