Twenty-five not for profit organizations who volunteered at the gate at the 2019 Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition shared $68,818.75, the largest amount the Parksville Beach Festival Society has ever given away to date. The checks were presented to the differenet groups at the Parksville council chamber on Tuesday, Oct. 22. — Michael Briones photo

Parksville Beach Festival Society donates nearly $69K

Non-profit groups presented with cheques at city hall

Parksville Beach Festival Society has donated the largest amount of funds to date to 25 non-profit organizations who volunteered at the 2019 Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition.

A public cheque presentation was held at Parksville council chambers on Tuesday afternoon, attended by acting mayor Al Grier and Coun. Doug O’Brien.

The society’s board members were also present as they handed out the donation cheques that totalled $68,818.75. It was the most money they’ve doled out to the different groups in the Parksville Qualicum Beach and area, who volunteered to man the gate at the sand sculpting event that had an oustanding attendance of 115,118 visitors.

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“We are eager to support these not-for-profit groups who help provide essential services for so many local residents,” commented Cheryl Dill, Parksville Beach Festival presient. “Volunteer engagement is key to our event sustainability and helps foster community connections and development.”

The following groups that donated close to 3,000 person hours towards the 2019 event:

  1. Arrowsmith Search & Rescue
  2. Bowser Seniors Housing Society
  3. Catspan (NEW)
  4. Deep Bay Fire and Rescue
  5. Forward House Community Society
  6. Knights of Columbus
  7. Mid Island Habitat Enhancement Society
  8. Navy League of Canada Oceanside
  9. Nanoose Community Services
  10. Oceanside Community Safety Volunteers
  11. Oceanside Hospice
  12. Parksville Curling Club
  13. Parksville Lawn Bowling
  14. Parksville Lions Club
  15. Parksville Lioness Club
  16. Parksville Qualicum Adult Literacy Society (NEW)
  17. Parksville Oceanside Quilters (Victoria’s Quilts Canada)
  18. Parksville Quilt House Guild
  19. Qualicum & District Curling Club
  20. Preceptor Delta Zeta
  21. Rotary Club of Parksville
  22. Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Evening
  23. Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise
  24. Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary Bowser
  25. Xi Delta Pi Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi

The mandate of the Parksville Beach Festival Society is to not only create fun, family-friendly events close to Parksville’s main beach, but also to help the community grow.

According to their policies, the society assigns 25 per cent of their gate proceeds to community projects and philanthropic groups. Contributing to the maintenance and development of the Community Park is also a high priority.

Since 1999, the society has donated just over $700, 000 to non-profit organizations and community projects, which included construction of the park gazebo and community signs.

The society reserves funds annually to help sustain its future events, which can be threatened by such things as inclement weather. In addition to this, the society is contributing funds to support accessibility as well as the creation of an outdoor performance theatre in Parksville Community Park.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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