Feature Story Friday, August 4, 2017
Playing for Keeps
Two-day Baseball tourney raises over $100,000
Tashon Ziara, Prospera Credit Union/Photo submitted
The Prospera team hold an oversized cheque for $103,000 raised by 26 teams and 500 players in Kelowna.
n July 29 and 30, the competition was as hot as the temperature as teams battled it out to see who could raise the most money for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation at this year’s Bats for a Cause slo-pitch tournament in Kelowna.
Now in its ninth year, the tournament is presented by title sponsor Prospera Credit Union together with media sponsor EZ Rock 101.5 and volunteers from the Kelowna Sunrise Rotary and Kelowna Adult Softball Association.
With 26 teams registered in 2017, and close to 500 participants, the tournament continues to break its own records year after year both in terms of “fun” and “fundraising.”
At the end of the two-day tournament, organizers presented BC Children’s Hospital Foundation with a cheque for $103,673.89, bringing the tournament’s nine year total to over $492,000 for BC kids.
“Every year, the Bats for a Cause committee is blown away by the awesome teams, volunteers and sponsors,” said Angela Burnell, Prospera’s Regional Director for the Okanagan. “Our community cares and this is apparent in the growth of the Bats for a Cause tournament. Every year we have more teams, more energy, more engagement and more fun! All these ingredients add up to more funds raised for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation which is the heart and soul of the tournament’s culture.”
Once again this year, the credit union had three teams of its own in the tournament: The Inglorious Batters, the Prospera Bears and the Prospera Delinquency Dodgers, who together raised over $31,156. The Inglorious Batters were awarded the trophy for “Most Funds Raised” by any team in the tournament with a team total of $16,521.
“As the current Chair of Miracle Weekend for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation and being part of Prospera Credit Union, I couldn’t be more proud of our Prospera teams for their individual contributions in both fundraising and participating,” said Dan Whalley, Vice President Family Banking & Wealth Management. “A huge congratulations to Angela Burnell and everyone involved for making this tournament such a success.”
Connect with Bats for a Cause on Facebook here.
About Prospera Credit Union
Building on more than 70 years as a BC credit union, Prospera is proud to serve a membership that is 63,000 strong. As a values-based financial institution, our number one priority is the financial well-being of families and businesses in our local communities and our dedicated team is here to serve all of their banking, lending, investing and insurance needs through sixteen branches; online and mobile banking and an alternative channel that includes a locally-based Contact Centre and Broker Centre. Through our affiliation with The Exchange network, members also enjoy access to thousands of surcharge free ATMs across Canada (that’s right, no ATM fees). Making life better for everyone is important at Prospera, which has an extensive community investment program devoted to supporting the organizations, events and volunteers that make our BC communities stronger. To learn more, check out Prospera’s Facebook page or visit www.dontjustbankprosper.ca