Venture Commercial was created in the Okanagan with a drive to be leaders in our industry. We strive not only be leaders in commercial real estate, but to be leaders of giving back to a community that has given us so much. Giving back is about more than just donating funds, it’s about cultivating innovative and creative ways to make impactful changes within our community. We see this as both a responsibility and a privilege to support our community and the local organizations.
OKIB CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
Venture Commercial was the proud ‘Refreshment Sponsor’ of the Okanagan Indian Band’s inaugural Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament which took place at The Rise Golf Course in Vernon saw more than 130 golfers from across the province. A total of $135,701 was raised for the construction of the nk?maplqs i? snm? am? áy a?tn i? k?l sqilx?t?t (Head of the Lake Where our Children Go to Learn our Indigenous Ways) Cultural Immersion School.
Venture got to hand out margaritas and other drinks to golfers along the course, as well as play in the tournament. We are so pleased to have contributed to the ongoing efforts of getting the Cultural Immersion School constructed which has been a dream for OKIB since 2006. To learn more about the school project click here.
GOSPEL MISSION GOLF CLASSIC
Venture Commercial’s first ever golf tournament sponsorship was at the 2022 Gospel Mission Charity Golf Classic. As a Bronze Sponsor of this event, our team got to play the course at Sunset Ranch while some of us hung out at one of the holes! It was an amazing opportunity to meet new people who collectively had a passion for the work that Kelowna’s Gospel Mission does.
Venture’s Courtney, Miriam and Nicola handed out chips and fresh queso to everyone participating in the tournament as well as Venture Commercial branded sunglasses which proved to be a hit! We would like to thank the Gospel Mission for organizing such an amazing event as well as Sunset Ranch for hosting it! More than $15,000 was raised to ensure the Gospel Mission can continue to provide life-saving services to our community’s most vulnerable.
POLAR BEAR DIP
Venture Commercial’s second annual Polar Bear Dip in support of mental health was a massive success! The previous year we managed to raise more than $700 in less than 24 hours so we knew we wanted to do it again. With a way bigger group and a little more time to plan, we blew it out of the freezing cold water! Venture Commercial is proud to announce that this year’s Dip raised more than $2,000 with all proceeds going towards Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna.
We had some brave souls join us for the plunge and we received an outpouring of support and donations from our amazing community. We want to personally thank the Stober Foundation for generously matching what we raised, as well as local media outlets Kelowna Capital News and Castanet Media for covering the story. Read the Capital News Story here and watch the Castanet video here.
Christmas charity initiative (December 2021)
During the holidays, Venture Commercial challenged Brokers Noel Acres, Courtney Fedevich and Sol Benson, as well as Miriam Halpenny the Creative Team Lead to choose a charity that was important to them. The four charities that were chosen included the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation, Helen’s Acres Community Farm, Vikes Kick Cancer and the BC Cancer Foundation.
Venture Realty Corp. donated to all four charities in lieu of client Christmas gifts but we gave our clients the option to choose which charity they would like us to support on their behalf. Each of us created a short video explaining why we chose the charity we did before our clients got to select the charity that best resonated with them. We are proud to have focused our efforts on giving back this holiday season and challenging ourselves to do something different.
Kelowna's gospel mission
Venture Realty Corp. wanted to get hands-on for our next Giving Back initiative and Kelowna’s Gospel Mission was the perfect opportunity! As the first group of volunteers to visit since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our team spent the morning preparing lunches, serving coffee and getting to know the residents on two occasions.
There’s always something to do at the Mission when volunteers visit, especially in the kitchen. On average, this non-profit provides 400 meals per day to people at the shelter and in the community. In addition, they provide a multitude of programs to homeless and at-risk individuals in the community such as operating a non-profit dental clinic, outreach, case management services and more.
We got to meet some amazing staff members and people who live at the shelter. This experience was unlike anything we had ever done before as a brokerage and it has had lasting impact on us as individuals. Thank you to Kelowna’s Gospel Mission for inviting us down and we can’t wait to visit again!
POLAR BEAR DIP
Our team at Venture Commercial knows the importance of mental health and how conversations and actions are needed to make positive changes. Because of this, we decided to go for a quick jump in Okanagan Lake at the end of January in support of Bell Let’s Talk Day.
We challenged the community to join us and for each person that jumped in, we donated $25 to Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna. In less than 24 hours, we got 11 people to join us and had an overwhelming amount of people offer us donations. Together, we raised approximately $700 for this amazing cause!
Thank you to everyone who came out to support us on such short notice! We can’t wait to do this again.
The Billboard Initiative (August 2020)
The first of many initiatives, Venture Realty Corp. had the opportunity to donate a three month advertisement on The Electronic Billboard to two organizations based on local nominations. We received over 150 nominations for many different local shops, restaurants, individuals and causes that could benefit from this billboard ad.
King Rooter Plumbing was the local company that received from this initiative. Evan Sigalas, Owner of King Rooter Plumbing has found his own way to pay it forward by honouring that when anyone mentions the billboard during a call, he will donate $100.00 to the BC Epilepsy Foundation, a cause that is close to his heart due to his son Alex suffering from Epilepsy since he was 6 months old.
The Bridge Youth and Family Resource Centre was the second recipient of a 3 month Billboard ad. This local organization is currently raising money for a youth treatment facility in the Central Okanagan and will be using the billboard to raise awareness.
Thank you to everyone who put through a nomination, Sarita Patel at Castanet for covering the story Click here to watch video Part 1 and Part 2) and Dallas Gray owner of The Electronic Billboard for making this possible.