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2018 Heart of Gold Gala

Sat • September 8, 2018
05:00 - 11:00


2018 Heart of Gold Gala Was A Landmark Event For Kelowna

September 8, 2018 will forever be remembered as a landmark evening in the history of Kelowna General Hospital. This past Saturday, September 8, 220 guests at the KGH Foundation’s Heart of Gold Gala together raised over $1.3 million in support of JoeAnna’s House. The Heart of Gold Gala, hosted by the KGH Foundation every two years, has become known as the region’s most spectacular fundraising event to benefit KGH. The total amount raised exceeded all expectations, surpassing 2016’s total by nearly $300,000.

The Huber family, founders of Prestige Hotels and Resorts hospitality properties, provided the lead gift for JoeAnna’s House, but Schneider acknowledged that it would take much more to see this project through. “We are honored to be a small part of this project. But ultimately, it will be this community that makes it possible.”

On behalf of the title sponsor, the Thomas Alan Budd Foundation, local philanthropist Tom Budd also gave an amazing contribution of $250,000 to support JoeAnna’s House. When asked what touched him about the cause, he said simply, “I’ve supported patient care at KGH for many years. The need for JoeAnna’s House is the evolution of that care. Simply put, giving is everything.”

The incredible response to the evening’s appeal advances the KGH Foundation’s ability to deliver on their promise to fund the build, and ultimately operate JoeAnna’s House in perpetuity.  Read More… 


The Heart of Gold gala could not have such a great impact without its many community supporters.  We are ever grateful to our sponsors listed below.

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