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The Gary Bennett Family Fund within the Central Okanagan Foundation provides their friends, other individuals, companies and organizations with an opportunity to join the Gary Bennett family in supporting a variety of local initiatives that support our community’s most challenged youth and other worthy causes in an extremely cost effective manner.

You can now donate to The Central Okanagan Foundation’s Gary Bennett Family Fund by mail or on-line using your credit card. Click here to do so now!
The students that this program supports are struggling in “life”.  They often have a tragic home life, are from low income families, suffer from substance abuse problems, and perhaps have physical, emotional or mental challenges. Their poor school performance has been a result of these struggles.  Click here and learn how you can help those students in need.

Check Our Active Sponsored Causes


The Breakfast Program offers financial support to selected schools operating ‘Breakfast Programs’ in challenged catchment areas.


This program offers scholarships at Okanagan College for selected students who have participated in the School District 23 Central School and Okanagan College Gateway Program.


This program offers scholarships and bursaries for selected students who have overcome significant challenges in achieving entrance to an accredited Canadian post-secondary institution.


This program is a collaborative effort between The Central Okanagan Community Food Bank, Superstore and the Fund and it donors.  These critical foods for infants and young children are expensive and often not purchased by low income families when shopping at stores.  We work closely with the Central Okanagan Community Food Bank and Superstore Managers to maximize our purchasing power and to make more of these foods available at the Food Bank.

What Our Supporters Are Saying

Dear Mr. Gary Bennett,

I am writing this letter to express our deepest thanks for your ongoing financial support to our school. Your support has allowed us to provide enhanced programs and services to our students. Your generosity has played a key role in the success of our food and Gateway Programs as well as the Strive Scholarships.

Thank you for personally investing the time to learn about our school and the students we serve. You always embrace the diversity of our student population. You see the best in our students and have a genuine desire to see them excel.

Thank you for your vision, dedication and conviction to making a positive difference in our community. We look forward to a continuing partnership with you and your foundation.

Randy Home
Central Programs and Services

Our deepest thanks for your ongoing financial support

Randy Home - Principal Central Programs and Services

Dear Mr. Bennett,

I am writing to express my deep appreciation for awarding me the Gary Bennett Family Achievement Award in January of this year.

As a person with a disability, the challenges in education I have been faced with have caused me to require extra time to complete my high school education. I am retaking the Gateway Program and doing very well and am prepared to start the Welding Program in 2018.

I am extremely grateful for your generosity and for the existence of funds such as yours. Without the financial support such as that given through you, many students such as myself would have to forgo a post secondary education.

Once again, thank you very much for having seen the potential in me and in so many others you have assisted over the years. I look forward to your reply.

Kindest Regards,

Tristan Wendt

To express my deep appreciation

Tristan Wendt

Dear Mr. Bennett,

I am writing to you to thank you for your incredible support of our breakfast programs. Through your generous donations, we are able to ensure that many of our students start their morning with the food they need to support their success.

Kind regards,


Thank you for your incredible support

Vianne Kintzinger - Assistant Superintendent (Central Family of Schools) Central Okanagan Public Schools

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