With his ski goggles on and a wealth of ideas of how to transform the Penticton Lakeside Resort into a hub of action for the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games, David Prystay hopes to start a snowball of excitement in the city.
The general manager is one of the first big community sponsors to step forward and become a Friend of the Games by offering in-kind services to the Host Society. The Lakeside will be the host hotel for the Games.
“I think it is a great event and any sporting event this city gets involved with is great for the whole community,” said Prystay. “I really feel compelled to give back to our community to make it stronger.
When you have an event like the BC Winter Games and thousands of young athletes are involved taking a critical step in their development, it just adds to the reason of giving back.”
Organizers are working hard at planning to put on a Games from February 25 to 28, 2016 that everyone will remember. To meet this goal they are inviting the business community to come on board as a Friend of the Games and to help leave a legacy for the community after the athletes leave.
“I hope all businesses step forward donating what they can to help make this a memorable event for the participants, the volunteers and leave a lasting legacy in Penticton. Let’s make a statement about how proud we are to live here by showing off our community in the best way we can.”
The Host Society is looking for sponsorship to ensure the event sets the standard for future BC Games and to prove that Penticton’s Got Game, just as the chosen slogan for the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games suggests. It is estimated the Games will have a $1.8 million economic impact for the region in February of 2016, potential for equipment legacy for local organizations and a financial legacy can be reinvested into local sports and community projects.
“Friends of the Games committee members will be contacting local business to present sponsorship packages,” said Myles Cizmar, Director of Friends of the Games committee. “No donation is too small and all sponsors will be recognized and be part of the legacy for the sporting community.”
The Games is an incredible opportunity to showcase Penticton and unite the community through volunteering, community events and celebrations. At the same time it will help young BC athletes as they use the Games as a springboard to higher competition including the Canada Games and the Olympics.
With the Games less than one year away, donations both large and small of cash or in-kind from businesses and private citizens can be made. To learn more about the sponsorship program and become a Friend of the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games contact Friends of the Games Recruitment
Co-Chairs Edgar Yost at 250-809-4764 or Tim Broesch at 250-490-5487. For information, visit the BC Games website at www.bcgames.org.