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Okanagan Valley Throwdown Returns to Penticton

Third annual CrossFit competition will take place at the South Okanagan Events Centre The Okanagan Valley Throwdown, an annual fitness competition co-presented by Hoodoo Adventures and Evolution Athletics, and fuelled by Muscle MLK Canada, takes place January 23 and 24 in Penticton. This year, more than 300 participants will compete in a variety of CrossFit activities during the event. While registration for the competition is sold-out, spectators are invited to check out the exciting action at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Partial proceeds from spectator ticket sales will go to support the South Okanagan Children’s Charity. CrossFit combines Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics...

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Cascades Casino Penticton gets green light

Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited took a significant step Monday towards relocating its Lake City Casino to the South Okanagan Events Centre, as the project was passed at a special council meeting and earned support from the Penticton City Council. The new site at the SOEC will bring up to 150 new jobs and a $25 million investment to the local economy.  The Cascades Casino Penticton will include a spectacular gaming floor, multiple full-service restaurants and live entertainment. It will also feature the first rooftop patio for their signature restaurant, Match Eatery & Public House. “As members of the...

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Anthony’s Subaru founders support next generation of auto technicians

A local family that includes two generations of Okanagan College alumni has made a major donation to assist the next generation of automotive technicians at B.C.’s second largest trades training institution. Tony and Franca Lunelli, founders of Anthony’s Subaru, have pledged $50,000 to the Bright Horizons - Building for Skills fundraising campaign. “Skilled technicians are always in demand in our industry,” says Franca Lunelli. “Tony and I are firm believers in the importance of education, and so we’re delighted to support the College and the automotive apprentices of the future.” “This generous gift to Okanagan College and its students is...

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Family-friendly wrestling event raises $4K to help YMCA families

The organizers of the Invasion Championship Wrestling series do it again — not only packing the ringside at the recently held Kelowna Invasion 5 Pro Wrestling event but also supporting more and more local children and families in need. “One thing that is so cool about ICW growing so rapidly in popularity is that the cheques do too — meaning we can continue to give back even more to child and youth serving organizations such as the local YMCA,” say Mike Chisholm, ICW organizer. “We are committed to hosting good family fun entertainment that in turn enables us to...

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Capri Insurance generosity a slam dunk for UBC Heat student athlete

First-year UBC Okanagan student Emma Johnson knows the meaning of hard work. Watch her on the court during an Okanagan Heat women’s basketball game, and it’s obvious the first-year guard is determined to win. As a nursing student who hopes to focus on pediatrics or community nursing, Johnson knows the pressure of keeping up her grades. However, being the recipient of the 2015-16 Capri Insurance Athletics Entrance Scholarship has removed some of the stress, and freed up time for Johnson to apply her skills effectively on and off the court. “I am very thankful to Capri for this very...

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