Castanet – Oktoberfest for a cause

October 13, 2017 (Kelowna) – The Kelowna Forum was packed with lederhosen, pretzels, schnitzel and beer Friday night, as more than 100 people celebrated Oktoberfest while raising money for a good cause.

In addition to German food and B.C. beverages, a German-Canadian choir got the party started with German drinking songs.

The inaugural Oktoberfest, hosted by the United Way GenNext Kelowna, raised money for Kelowna’s youth initiative grants, which are given to young people in the community who have ideas to create positive change.

GenNext and the Central Okanagan Foundation for Youth give out $10,000 every year to people under the age of 25 who have an exceptional idea.

Nola Nargang, director of community involvement with GenNext Kelowna, said they hoped to raise $5,000 of their grant money at Friday’s event.

“This is one of our big events, and then we throw socials throughout the year as well as other fundraising events, but this is our big one,” she said.

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