BGC Okanagan selected as charity for Tree of Hope

KELOWNA – October 19th, 2022 – The Christmas Season is officially underway with the lighting of the Tree Of Hope (TOH) on November 25, 2022.

This year’s lighting is special, as it marks 25 years of supporting local charities powered by the Stober Foundation and TD Canada Trust.

“Our family never could have imagined that hanging a Christmas tree from a crane constructing Landmark 2, 25 years ago would become a charitable movement that is embraced and ultimately championed by our community” reflected Ken Stober.

“It is rare to create an annual event that lasts year after year, but what makes the TOH different is that lives are being impacted and changed for good, and to be honest, that is the source of its longevity and strength, that keeps powering the TOH year after year.”

Our family is very proud to be able to set up the tree each year to make our community stronger by investing in families. We are very excited to announce this year’s recipients, The YMCA and BGC who specialize in strengthening Families within our community” said Stober.

Click here to donate to the Tree of Hope campaign.


BGC Okanagan supports 1,000 children, youth, and families that walk through the door in the 14 communities they serve throughout the Okanagan Valley every day. This includes leadership development, youth engagement, self-esteem and resiliency in children, and a sense of belonging for everyone regardless of their circumstances. BGC Okanagan is part of the community, and an organization that is grounded in the power of collaboration and co-operation to achieve a common purpose. Our community development work is integral to who we are, as we understand we can’t do this work without your support and encouragement.


The YMCA of Southern Interior BC, formerly the YMCA of Okanagan, is a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community. Everyone, regardless of financial circumstances, can access vital services for their health and wellbeing at the Y. Whether it is through pre-diabetes programming, cardiac rehabilitation, swim lessons, fitness classes, childcare, after-school enrichment programs, career development services, mental health supports or financial assistance, everything they do lays a healthy foundation for individuals and our community as a whole. More of us are facing serious health crises and barriers to wellbeing including poverty, obesity, inactivity, isolation and a decline in our mental health. Even more troubling is that many are struggling alone. The YMCA is a hardworking charitable organization that exists to tackle these societal issues and help change lives for the better. Their mission to improve the health of our community goes much deeper than the traditional health and wellness model.


The Stober Foundation is a private foundation based in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. After achieving success in the development and construction sectors in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Albert and Sandra Stober established the foundation to support local, national, and international charitable efforts that strive to improve the lives of those in need.


Stober Group is a Kelowna-based family company operating in construction, development and property management for over 60 years. With a broad portfolio of both residential and commercial properties, Stober Group is most noted for its development and management of the Landmark District, a Live-Work-Play environment that has become the Okanagan’s most important employment center. The family is strongly committed to giving back to the local community supporting charities in mental health, education, medicine and technology through the Stober Foundation.

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