Members of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks were among the servers at the Salmon Arm Wendy’s annual Dreamlift Day. The program is now being discontinued.

Dreamlift Day dropped

Park Inland Restaurants, which owns the local Wendy’s franchise, has decided not to host the annual Wendy’s Dreamlift Day in the future

Dreamlift appears to be grounded.

Park Inland Restaurants, which owns the local Wendy’s franchise, has decided not to host the annual Wendy’s Dreamlift Day in the future. Proceeds from the event helped the Sunshine Foundation send Interior children with life-threatening illnesses or disabilities to Disneyland for the day.

“We celebrated 20 years with Dreamlift with the  support of our communities and now is the time to help out other organizations in our communities,” said Ken Park, Park Inland owner.

Wendy’s Dreamlift Day began when the Okanagan, Kamloops and Salmon Arm restaurants were owned by John Tietzen, Akbal Mund and other partners. They sold the franchise to Park in 2012.

Park Inland will back the Dave Thomas Foundation, which was started by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas and focuses on adoptions.

“The goal is to help children in foster care in our community find permanent homes. It will be a lift that lasts a lifetime,” said Park.

Since 1994, more than $1.4 million was raised during Wendy’s Dreamlift Day and seven trips to Disneyland occurred.

The funds raised included the gross profits and salaries from the staff, management and ownership of the nine Wendy’s restaurants in the region.

“Sunshine will continue to fulfill dreams for kids in the region and it wishes Park Inland Restaurants success as they provide support for other deserving charities,” said Tristan Joseph, Sunshine Foundation of Canada communications officer.

However, Sunshine Foundation has not indicated how it will continue to serve Interior youth or if Dreamlift flights from the region will continue.

“We certainly hope that there will be more Sunshine Dreamlifts serving kids in the Okanagan,” said Joseph.

“At this point, we don’t have definitive information on when that might be. Sunshine will continue to fulfill individual dreams for kids in the Okanagan.”

While Wendy’s will no longer host the major Dreamlift Day fundraiser, Park says his franchise will continue to support individual dreams through Sunshine Foundation.

As a former owner, Mund would not comment on the decision made by Park Inland Restaurants to not sponsor Dreamlift Day.

“Am I sad to see it go, of course. But I am happy that there were seven flights that left the Interior,” he said of the enjoyment the Disneyland trips brought to the children participating.

 

“I focus on the thousands of volunteers who helped out during the fundraiser. We served many kids and I am proud of that fact.”

 

 

Just Posted

City to provide free transit for refugee family

Salmon Arm council approves up to $1,200 in bus passes to end of 2018

Chance of showers may not be enough to rid Okanagan of smoke

Wind and chance of thunderstorms competing factors in this week’s forecast

Darke Lake residents under evacuation alert

Fire crews battling wildfire in rural community west of Summerland

Your Shuswap with Loren Bernardin

Find out what people in your community love about the Shuswap and Salmon Arm

25-year-old Edmonton man pronounced dead on Shuswap Lake houseboat

Sicamous RCMP deem death to be non suspicious, BC Coroners Service investigating

Filmmaker captures the smoke that enveloped the Shuswap

Check out this video of the haze that blanketed Salmon Arm

Former Trump aide Paul Manafort found guilty of eight charges

A mistrial has been declared for the other 10 charges against him

Canada’s team chasing elusive gold medal at women’s baseball World Cup

Canada, ranked No. 2 behind Japan, opens play Wednesday against No. 10 Hong Kong

Former B.C. detective gets 20 months in jail for kissing teen witnesses

James Fisher, formerly with Vancouver police department, pleaded guilty to three charges in June

Former B.C. premier Christy Clark criticizes feds for buying pipeline

The $4.5 billion purchase of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline second worst decision, she said

Blaze near Olalla grows to 527 hectares

The Old Tom Creek fire that started Aug. 15 is burning near Keremeos

‘Takes more courage to fail’: B.C. ultra-marathon swimmer reflects on cancelled try at record

Susan Simmons halted her swim from Victoria to Port Angeles and back because of hypothermia

Animals moved from B.C. Interior shelters to make way for pets displaced by wildfires

The Maple Ridge SPCA houses animals to make space for pets evacuated from B.C.’s burning interior.

$21.5 million medical pot plant to be built in B.C.

The facility is to be built in Princeton

Most Read