My anxiety level rose on Thursday when I heard the news that the BC government was tightening up on its regulation that groups (ie CENTURY 21 Assurance Realty) cannot re-sell liquor.
This impacts us in a huge way. As #3 in Canada for fundraising for Easter Seals, with our funds going to Camp Winfield locally, we rely heavily on the generosity of many local wineries for donations to our annual dinner. We create gift baskets and have a silent auction that is hugely profitable thanks to these donations. If this regulation stayed in place, the monies raised for this cause would plummet.
It was with relief that I read in today's Daily Courier that Rich Coleman, the minister responsible for liquor regulations, has stated that "the province will take a 'common sense' approach and will allow non-profit organizations to have fundraising auctions and raffles of liquor until there is legislative change that permanently solves the dilemma."
This is an early invitation to attend our next fundraising dinner at Christopher's Restaurant in downtown Kelowna on Thursday, March 7, 2013.