The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 24 Cranbrook continues their philanthropic purpose having donated $41,000, to the end of September, to a wide variety local organizations and community initiatives.
The local Legion raises money through two separate funding initiatives both with very strict guidelines as to how the funds can be allocated.
The Poppy Fund is supported through the high profile Poppy Campaign conducted in the weeks leading up to Remembrance Day. In the past 12 months, the Poppy Fund has supported Veterans, the local Army and Air Cadet Corps, East Kootenay Foundation for Health and provided educational learning tools to local schools.
The gaming fund comprises the net proceeds from a variety of Legion gaming activities. Weekly meat draws, poker nights, BC Lottery commissions and special gaming events are some of the areas a small but dedicated group of lounge patrons faithfully contribute to week in and week out.
From the gaming fund, to the end of September, $11,000 has been donated to local organizations. Children centric programs such as School Breakfast Programs, Kids Help Line, Boys and Girls Club, School PACs, Children’s’ Festival, Scholarships and the local cadet programs constitute the majority of the donations.
In addition, donations were made to a number of other organizations who contribute greatly to the well being of our community. This includes, but is not limited to, the local Food Bank, Firefighters Burn Fund, MS Society, Women’s Resource Centre, SPCA, and Therapeutic Paws of Cranbrook.
The Royal Canadian Legion was founded by veterans for veterans and for over 90 years has fulfilled their mandate to serve those that have served Canada in times of war and peace.
As times changed the realization that a strong community was essential for the well being of not only veterans but the citizenry as a whole the Legion has adapted and changed service delivery models to meet local needs.
To support the Legion in their philanthropic endeavours please come to the lounge located in the basement of the Heritage Hotel. The lounge is open daily and offers a warm inviting atmosphere and great camaraderie to members and guests.
– Submitted by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 24 Cranbrook