Welcome Back! I am really looking forward to sharing with you the past six weeks of charity fundraising for Free The Children, the official charity of the Miss Teen Canada World pageant. There was a lot of planning and organizing for these events. I want to thank my family for all the support.
Hot Dog Sale
The first charity fundraiser I held for Free The Children, was sponsored by Buy Low Foods in Osoyoos. I held a hotdog sale in front of the store scheduled from 10 am until 3 pm. My Uncle and my good friends helped out during this special event. I had so much fun meeting all the local people and introducing myself and my title as Miss Teen Southern British Columbia World. Osoyoos Signs had gracely donated a banner for the Free The Children fundraising with my official title also. It was a pretty successful day even though the sale only went until 2:oo pm as the weather had changed and it started to rain. I sold about 86 hotdogs and drinks for charity! I couldn’t have done it without my Uncle’s and friends support!
BC Lone Wolves Poker Run
The second event organized for Free The Children was a Motorcycle Poker Run sponsored by the BC Lone Wolves. The original date for the poker run was set for May 18, 2013. Usually sunny Osoyoos decided to get a rainstorm that day. We had riders that had came down from Vancouver for the event. We rescheduled for June 8th which turned out to be a beautiful sunny day. All the riders met in Westbank about 140 kms from Osoyoos and made stops in Penticton, Okanagan Falls, Oliver and finished in Osoyoos. Wished I could’ve gone on the ride with my Dad! I was waiting in Osoyoos for their arrival with my new found barbecue skills. I want to thank the Osoyoos Baptist Church for the use of their parking lot, where we held the barbecue sponsored by Family Foods in Osoyoos and raffles after the ride. The best poker hand won a 100 piece wrench set courtesy of LORDCO. The lowest hand won a pair a pair of PEAKS riding sunglasses courtesy of HarleyWood. I would also like to thank Thunder Alley in Vernon, Penticton Honda and Home Hardware Building Center for the other items donated for the raffles! A special thanks to BC LONE WOLVES and Al (Midnight Wolf) for wanting to make this an annual poker run for Free The Children! Maybe next time I can go on the ride. I want to thank the 18 bikes that came out to support Free the Children! Also to my friends that kept me company and helped out at the barbeque.
Gala & Dinner
My third fundraiser was a Mini We Day sponsored by the Nk’mip Desert Cultural Center. I am so honored that this beautiful center was donated to host this very special night.This event took the whole six weeks of planning. It was a lot of hard work! They say it “takes a community to raise a child” I say it “takes a community to host a fundraiser”! I did two newspaper interviews with the Okanagan Sun and the Oliver Chronicle about my journey being Miss Teen Southern British Columbia World 2013, my platform and my charity fundraisers. I also did a radio interview with Brock Jackson from 102.9 Easy Rock. I spoke at a spring dinner at the Okanee Friendship Center about the importance of my platform and about Free The Children and my upcoming Dinner and Gala. I gave all my sponsors complimentary tickets to the event.With my family, friends and community sponsors, this event was a magical night I will always remember. I will share with you some of the night’s highlights and special performances. I would like to thank Staples in Penticton for the donating the printing of these beautiful posters and the tickets.
The MC for the night was my uncle Russell Podgurny, an world champion pow wow singer, dancer and also a cultural interpreter and performer for the center. The night began in the theater with an opening prayer by Elder Herman Edward. Arlin Baptiste a representative from the Osoyoos Indian Band welcomed the guests to the Okanagan territory. Town Councilor, Michael Ryan welcomed everyone to the town of Osoyoos. He also acknowledged the progress I had made from being the Osoyoos Princess to representing Southern British Columbia in the Miss Teen Canada pageant! He also shared about the importance that youth are making in the World. The Osoyoos Royalty candidates also shared about why they joined the Osoyoos Royalty Program and what it means to them. My foster sister Carmen, who is one of the candidates for Miss Osoyoos also shared about how I inspired her to join and being a role model for Osoyoos youth!
Miss Teen Southern British Columbia World Presentation
I gave 20 minute powerpoint presentation on Free The Children and the We Stand Together Campaign. I also shared about my platform and how this tied to my 11th daily fact I did during the two week We Stand Together Campaign. I showed the Free The Children Video that gave background information about the charity.We Stand Together was one of the campaigns I did for the Miss Teen Canada Worlds blog. Let me share a little bit about this amazing partnership between Free The Children and the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative.
Why take a stand?
In partnership with Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, Free The Children stands together with Aboriginal youth and communities to look at the challenges faced by Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples.
At the same time, we celebrate success; First Nations, Métis and Inuit Canadians have a rich history, with a culture and tradition that has helped form the unique diversity of our nation.
By participating in the We Stand Together campaign, your friends, families, and students will take part in developing an understanding for these issues, and raising awareness for these successes.
Next Tara and I did a Snakes Alive Show. Yes this is where we showcase live snakes. This night Tara did the presentation while I handled the snakes. The first time I ever did a show in a dress and big rubber boots. We shortened the presentation to 1/2 the time of a regular show, as we had lots of performances left. This show is a favorite with audiences! Goliath is our Rattle Snake we always handle him with a snake hook. Our garter snakes and rubber boas can be handle by hand.
After we were done with the presentations in the theater all the guests were invited into the gallery for Dinner. I want to thank my family, Safeway and Save On Foods for donating and preparing the food. I also want to thank my amazing friends for serving and busing tables. We prepared the most delicious Indian Taco’s that everyone raved about as most guests had never had one! We also served triple chocolate brownies and carrot cake garnished with fresh local strawberries.
Guests dined in the Cultural Centers amazing scenic outside theater. While the guests were dining Elder Herman Edward serenaded them with beautiful Aboriginal Flute Music. It was an amazing performance and created a beautiful ambiance.
After Dinner everyone was invited back inside the theater where my Uncle Russell did an amazing pow wow performance, drumming and a mens traditional dance. He really gave a great performance and the guests all raved of how entertaining his performance was. He always engages the audience by inviting them to learn about the Pow wow drum by coming up on stage to participate. His performance is informative, humorous and and exciting to watch.
We finished the evening back outside with a round dance, which is a friendship dance where everyone participates by joining hands and dancing in the circle. This a historical way Aboriginals used to gather and celebrate special occasions. We finished up with the raffles. I would like to thank Spirit Ridge for donating a free night stay for two in their five star resort, including a free pedicure from the spa and four free wine tasting and tours from the award winning winery, Nk’Mip Cellars and the Cultural Center for donating four free family admissions. I would also like to thank Russell and my grandma for donating a painted Cree Hand Drum and Drum Bag.
Special thanks to all businesses/sponsors that donated to the Miss Teen Southern BC World raffle and Free the Children Gala & Dinner charity fundraiser. This was a very special night for me. I was so honored to share with everyone my incredible journey with the Miss Teen Canada pageant also by bringing the community together, increasing awareness, and raising funds for Free The Children.
I wish to thank the following:
|Buy Low Foods||Family Foods||Staples|
|Osoyoos Signs||Home Hardware building Center||Town of Osoyoos|
|Osoyoos Indian Band||Spirit Ridge Resort||Spirit Ridge Spa|
|Nk’Mip Cellars||Wander Café||Lotus Restaurant|
|Dolci Café||Presario Wedding and Event planning||HarleyWood|
|BC Lone Wolves||Quizno Subs||Smitty’s|
|Penticton Honda||Thunder Alley||Lordco|
|Safeway||Save on Foods||Nk’mip Cultural Center|
|Flowers on Main||Sonya Fashions||family & friends|