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Donations continue pouring in to aid Shuswap communities impacted by wildfire – Eagle Valley News

Sep. 13, 2023

Shuswap Community Foundation looking for input on community needs

A $53,000-plus donation from Shuswap auto enthusiasts provided a substantial boost for Roger Parenteau and for the Shuswap Community Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund.

At the Sept. 8 Lakeview Friday Night Cruise-In at Westgate Public Market, Parenteau was presented a cheque for $53,250 from Cruise-In organizer Preston Johnston, and Darin Haayer who helped organized a fundraiser for the response fund, by the Shuswap Community Foundation (SCF) to support communities affected by the Bush Creek East wildfire.

The fundraiser took place at the Sept. 1 Cruise-In, which had attracted 275 vehicles – a record number for the weekly show and shine. Johnston, who owns Lakeview Rod & Custom, a hot rod and custom shop in Salmon Arm, told the Observer he was blown away by the turnout and the amount raised.

Parenteau, the SCF’s executive director, said he too was blown away.

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