“All for community.” That little motto, which graces the Community Foundation’s logo, encompasses some homespun truths that never lose their punch.
“It’s not about ridiculously wealthy people giving huge amount of money,” the key note speaker told a capacity audience at the Revelstoke Community Foundation’s Community Celebration at the Regent Inn’s Begbie Room on Thursday evening. “It’s about people like you and me helping our community.”
Barbara MacMillan of the Community Foundations of Canada said foundations like Revelstoke’s work hard to put money in the hands of local groups and organizations trying to deal with sometimes-tough issues.
“That byline ‘all for community’ really tells us that community foundations are about more than just money,” she said. “They are really all about building community vitality.”
And as Revelstokians know, this is a vital and active community. The foundation may not have been able to put a lot of money in the hands of local groups year because of the recession but this year it managed to recoup some of its overall value, estimated at $1.3 million and do what it does best — give away cash. Cheques were cut this year for seven organizations, including $2,500 for the Community Connections’ Food Bank, accepted by Patti Larson; $1,500 for Bear Aware and $800 for the Railway Museum, accepted by Daryl Willoughby; $2,464 for the Hospice Society, accepteed by Sharon Kohlman; $2,500 for the BC Interior Forestry Museum, accepted by Brian Sumner; $1,000 for the Red Cross medical implements program, accepted by Louise Burling; $1,800 for the Revelstoke Museum, accepted by Cathy English; $2,500 for the Community Connections’ Summer Day Camp, accepted by Kristal Bradshaw; and $2,500 each for Community Connections’ Summer Pre-Teen Camp and the Youth Program, accepted by Anne Corrie.
Here are a a few images of the children and adults who were the focus of Thursday’s celebration: