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Prince George beer-festival proceeds grant nearly $34K for organizations helping children

Kiwanis AleFest raised $60,000 in total from January 2020 event
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Beer drinkers clinking glasses. (via File photo)

Prince George’s Kiwanis Club has come through yet again on helping children in the community that look to organizations for development programs and experiences.

The local branch’s 2020 AleFest raised roughly $60,000 in January and after opening up grant applications in March, seven groups have been awarded a combined $28,700.

Those organizations include:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern BC
  • Carney Hill Neighbourhood Centre Society
  • The Exploration Place
  • Huble Homestead
  • Northern B.C. Friends of Children
  • Prince George Public Library
  • Association de Parents du Programme Francophone

Kiwanis Prince George spokesperson Amy Dhanjal adds $5,000 was also donated to Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver as the club sponsors one of its rooms.

“We're very pleased to have a successful fundraising event that allows us to offer these grants,” said Dhanjal in a statement to PrinceGeorgeMatters.

“We specifically look for projects that make it possible for local children to have experiences that they wouldn't otherwise have access to - such as the Community Mentoring Program at Big Brothers Big Sisters, and bursaries for the Exploration Place's summer camps. Kiwanis AleFest is a completely volunteer-run endeavour and we're always looking for new members to join our club to help us continue to raise money to support local kids.”

She says more grants will be offered to local organizations this Fall.

AleFest’s next installment is currently scheduled for Jan. 29-30, 2021.