Magical Togetherness at Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland captures the essence of community joy and holiday spirit for JoeAnna’s House

Darlene Haslock, Director of JoeAnna's House, shows off her 'Better Together' mittens at Winter Wonderland.

KELOWNA, B.C., December 20, 2023 – Smiles, laughter and good cheer were on full display this weekend at the inaugural Winter Wonderland at JoeAnna’s House. Members of the community bundled up to take in this special event, which raised over $61,000 to support the beloved home-away-from-home that supports families who want to be near their loved one(s) receiving care at Kelowna General Hospital (KGH). 

“The only way I can really describe the day is that it was absolutely magical,” says Darlene Haslock, Director of JoeAnna’s House. “We were overjoyed to see so many members of the community attend and spend time enjoying the holiday activities, treats and performances that the event had to offer, all in support of this incredible home and the hope and caring it stands for.”

Since opening in November 2019, JoeAnna’s House has provided a safe haven for over 1,900 regional families needing a place to stay close to KGH while their loved ones receive advanced medical care.

JoeAnna’s House relies solely on the continued generosity of the community to remain open.

“We are grateful to all of our sponsors, partners and volunteers for supporting this event and so excited to bring out the community and share a bit of the magic of JoeAnna’s House with everyone this holiday season,” says Darlene. “As a small thanks to the community, we’ve written a poem, based off of Clement Clarke Moore’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas to help express our gratitude.”

Magical Togetherness

‘Twas the night of Winter Wonderland, a ‘Prestige’-ous affair,

It took place at JoeAnna’s House, where love and hope filled the air.

The home-away-from home, a cause so dear,

Welcomed the community, spreading holiday cheer.

Pattison Media, our radio sponsor true,

The Lizard and Beach Radio voices echoed, spreading the joy to each anew.

Tunes filled the air, melodies of delight,

Thanks to these friends and more, Winter Wonderland took flight.

Children bundled in mittens, a ‘Better Together‘ embrace,

And volunteers in red hats ensured all was in place.

Save-on-Foods hot chocolate flowed, and s’mores were devoured,

Big White gave out candy floss and laughs, every minute empowered.

There were street hockey battles, with squeals of delight,

Frosty air, warm hearts, under the soft winter night.

By the Beachcomber fire pits, hands warmed with glee,

Friends and families gathered, a joyous jubilee.

JoeAnna’s House-branded mittens, a touch of cozy embrace,

Sold to keep hands warm in winter’s cold grace.

Photos with Santa, for kids and pets too!

Capturing fun holiday moments and memories through and through.

Our beverage gardens provided sips of delight,

Amidst the twinkling lights shining so bright.

Caricature drawings, balloon animals in flight,

Performances entertained from the Sunbelt stage, oh what a sight (and song)!

Holiday cookie decorating, a fun and tasty feat,

Families gathered ’round, making memories sweet.

Love knew no distance in this festive space,

Where warm hearts converged, creating warmth throughout the place.

A community united, dressed for the weather,

Braving the chill, bound by loves tether.

A heartwarming cause, an afternoon benevolent,

Through it all, support for JoeAnna’s House was evident.

In the spirit of giving, you’ve warmed our hearts,

A collective effort, each playing their parts.

With gratitude profound, we extend our heartfelt thanks and cheer,

For making Winter Wonderland at JoeAnna’s House a memory so dear.

For information about JoeAnna’s House visit, joeannashouse.com.

Since 1978, the KGH Foundation has worked with a generous community to raise funds to support world-class healthcare close to home for a rapidly expanding and diverse population in the interior of B.C.  Today, the KGH Foundation is the lead fundraising organization for Kelowna General Hospital and its associated facilities, JoeAnna’s House, and Central Okanagan Hospice House.

Media Contact:

Maria Lee

Marketing Manager                            

KGH Foundation

p | 250-862-4300 ext. 27270                                                    

c | 236-457-7311                                 

e | maria.lee@interiorhealth.ca

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