KELOWNA – The Lights of Christmas Paws display at Kelowna’s Waterfront Park in December was promoted as a fundraising event.
Admission fees from $7 to $12 were charged for people to tour the site and take in the various light decorations and dancers.
The organizer said the Kelowna SPCA, the Okanagan Boys and Girls club and the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation were among the intended beneficiaries.
Kelowna’s Waterfront Park is lit up for charity
“The primary one is Rock Creek families, the families that lost their homes during the fire this past summer,” said Brad Pattison in a Global Okanagan News interview in December.
But one week into the 25 day event there were already financial concerns.
Just 600 people had attended and Pattison was willing to bend on the admission fees.
“If your family is not able to afford to come down but you really want to, come down. Let us know this is all you can afford and we will welcome that,” said Pattison.
The fund raiser was a flop. No money flowed to the Rock Creek fire victims or any of the charitable organizations.
Kelowna General Hospital Foundation CEO Doug Rankmore says Pattison told him, “The expenses outpaced what they were able to raise and that’s about it”.
Pattison has reportedly said it cost more than $100,000 to stage the light display but the expense and revenue numbers are not publicly known.
After agreeing to an interview Thursday with Global News, Pattison has not made himself available or returned phone call requests.
Through social media Friday, Pattison says he’s busy looking for a lost dog.