Innkeeper’s Gala Raises $60,000 for Youth Mental Health

Dr. Ed Solano & Dr. Jane Rishi
Dr. Ed Solano & Dr. Jane Rishi

Ilse de la Fuente, Lora Henriksen, Jennifer Gray, Myla Colbow, Lindsay Doucette
Ilse de la Fuente, Lora Henriksen, Jennifer Gray, Myla Colbow, Lindsay Doucette

Dr. Paul & Shannon Linden
Dr. Paul & Shannon Linden

On Saturday, November 26th, the Hotel Eldorado hosted the holiday season’s most impactful fundraiser – A Roy’El’ Affair – to advance care for youth mental health in our community.  The sold out affair saw an evening flush with good food, drink and company and raised over $60,000 for the recently announced campaign  to create an Integrated Youth and Family Mental Health Centre in Kelowna.

The event is made possible thanks to the incredible generosity of the Hotel Eldorado crew and their many partners.  Staff donates their time, local vendors donate their best product, travel destinations and industry partners contribute to the raffle and silent auction.

Ted Callahan, President and CEO of Argus Properties Ltd. says “Our team was so inspired by this cause, by the ability to help young people through their challenges, and they really stepped up to make this year’s Innkeeper’s a success.”

With 75 percent of mental health and substance use problems beginning between the ages of 12 and 24, this centre will transform how youth and their families access care.  It will allow their story to be told only once and ensure they get the help they need, when they need it.

“This centre will give youth the opportunity to build the healthy, fulfilling lives they deserve”, shares Doug Rankmore, CEO of the KGH Foundation.  “It will provide comprehensive care deterring crisis and visits to the Emergency Department.”

The KGH Foundation is so grateful for all of the enthusiasm and support provided by the Hotel Eldorado, the Innkeeper’s guests and the event’s sponsors including Aon Reed Stonehouse, Forstrong Global, Rayburns Marine, TELUS, Sysco and Avalon.  Working together we can have an even greater impact on the well-being of our youth.