The Tree of Hope has exceeded its goal of $100,000 in matched donations made to Kelowna’s Child Advocacy Centre this holiday season.

To celebrate the acts of community generosity, the Tree of Hope has extended its pledge to match donations made to the CAC throughout the Celebration of Giving, which is taking place until Jan. 5.

“We are so happy to see our initial matching pledge of $100,000 not only achieved but exceeded by our amazing community,” says president of the Stober Foundation, Ken Stober. “There is so much more going on here than simply raising money, we really are raising hope and we want the CAC to keep doing what they are doing. We want them to keep raising money for the vulnerable children they serve, and we will continue to match and support them along the way.” 

Executive director of the CAC Ginny Becker says she was thrilled to learn the matching pledge had been exceeded.

“I was just getting ready to announce to our community that the initial matching pledge had been met when I received an unexpected and extraordinary phone call from the Tree of Hope organizers about the continued donations,” she says. “I can’t put into words what this means for the one-in-three children in our community who are impacted by abuse and neglect. This is monumental, particularly given the complicated circumstances of this unusual year.” 

The Stober Group wants to thank the individuals, families and businesses who stepped up this year to donate to the Tree of Hope Celebration of Giving.

 “You are the reason all this has been achieved,” says Stober. “We believed that the tree could stand for something more this Christmas and the community has proven us right. It is so inspiring to see what can be achieved when we all work together.”

To donate to the Tree of Hope, click here. It will continue to illuminate the sky in the Landmark District every night until Jan. 5.


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