Fundraising fall for Bluebird Day Fund – Organization celebrates at 10th Annual Fall Ball

Sadie MacDonald, Casey Lambert, Ashley Roughan and Karly Ross’ team won the award for most honest scorekeeping. | Photo Alpine Images

Members of the Bluebird Day Fund (BDF) were kept busy this fall organizing two major annual fundraising events for the non profit.

The Giver Balls Open Golf Tournament on Oct. 1 welcomed 82 golfers for a day of fun at Eagle Point Golf Course in Kamloops.

Organizer Nathan Cross said there was more than one group at each hole.
“There is lots of fun stuff to do on the course,” he said. “Eagle Point does the best job and are great hosts.”

Cross also gave credit to major sponsors like Oronge Board Shop, Okanagan Spring, Pineridge Golf Course, the Coast Sundance Lodge and Bottoms Bar & Grill.
“This year was a massive success,” he said. “Probably our biggest year in money raised.”

The final number wasn’t available at the time of printing but Cross estimated it to be around $6,000. The money goes towards all BDF programs like their Sports Mentorship partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kamloops and freestyle snowboarding team.
Cross said the event was very well received by participants who filled a shuttle to Kamloops from Sun Peaks.

BDF’s other main fall event, the 10th Annual Fall Ball, was extremely popular with the community this year, selling out in less than 48 hours. This is a special year, as it’s the ball’s diamond anniversary.

The first Fall Ball took place in 2007 after local Bryan Taylor was killed in a car accident.
“It was basically just a bunch of friends and locals who decided to get all dressed and celebrate Bryn’s legacy at his favourite watering hole Bottoms,” said organizer
Ryan Wilkinson.

“This year our Fall Ball response was epic to say the least,” Wilkinson said. “We saw 200 tickets sell out in less than 48 hours… Sun Peaks locals never cease to shock and awe the BDF board of directors. We were just blown away.”

Those who scored tickets to the event will be treated to entertainment from DJ Derek FoReel, The Three Compadres and Five Alarm Funk. Prize packages will also be available from sponsors like Oronge Boardshop, Bottoms Bar & Grill, the Coast Sundance Lodge, Okanagan Springs Brewery, Balloons and Beyond, BOLD Events Creative, Mountain High Pizza, 540 Café, Voyageur Bistro, Sundance Liquor Store, the Commodore Grand Café and Lounge, the Snowbum Life, RA Hair Studio, and Down the Road Wellness.

Those looking for tickets to the Nov. 4 event can email with their name and the number of tickets required or keep an eye on the Fall Ball 2017
Facebook page.