When students in Oliver go back to school next week, they’ll have an extra $15,000 of funding for their arts programs, thanks to Tinhorn Creek Vineyards’ Celebrate the Arts charity.
Jan Nelson, the winery’s Director of Sales and Marketing, presented a cheque on behalf of the charity to Tracy Harrington, Principal of Southern Okanagan Secondary School, during the Lovecoast concert at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards on Saturday.
The donation will be divided equally between Oliver Elementary School, Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary School and Southern Okanagan Secondary School to support their arts programs.
“We love our community and we want to encourage budding artists by inspiring them through strong school arts programs,” Nelson said.
“Growing up in Oliver, I gained a lot from the programs at OES and SOSS, and I hope our continued support can bring the same joy and experience that I benefited from. Arts programs bolster students’ emotional well-being, self-esteem and overall balance to help them become well rounded human beings.”
Tinhorn Creek launched Celebrate the Arts in 2015 and this is their fourth cash donation to School District 53 to fund extra music, drama, dance and fine arts programming for students.
The winery has also committed to in-kind donations, such as the use of their outdoor amphitheatre, tasting room and barrel cellar for performances and rehearsals, and use of the guest suite for visiting performers.
Tinhorn Creek has pledged proceeds from next season’s Canadian Concert Series, as well as a portion its annual income, to continue to support the program.