A $1,000 cheque was presented to the Youth Engagement Strategy Project in Penticton on Wednesday, which will likely be used towards a youth resource centre.
Ryan Wuthe, operations manager at Boyd Auto Body & Glass organized the Pentown Throwdown fundraiser during the Penticton Peach Festival with all proceeds going towards the YES Project.
“We thought that supporting our youth was the best way to spend the money,” Wuthe said. “As one of the directors of Peachfest and organizer of the Pentown Throwdown, ultimately for me it’s all about supporting the youth of our community, so the YES group fit perfectly with the event that we put on at Peachfest.”
The YES Project is committed to creating positive change for Penticton Youth by working side-by-side with young people who want to make a difference and supports youth aged 12 to 24.
“It shows that people and businesses care about youth in our community,” said Amberlee Erdmann, YES Project coordinator. “It shows that they are willing to put money and financially support youth, to give them support that they don’t necessarily have.”
Colin Powell, Penticton IGA store owner and general manager, was a driving force behind the $1,000 donation.
“Colin was a big contributor to this as well,” Wuthe said. “He was able to supply all the food for the barbecue.”