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Funtastic Announces Co-Managers

Board members Diana Williamson and Akbal Mund step down to become managers; Rob Ellis new president

Roster changes have been announced among the board of directors of the Funtastic Sports Society.

Stepping down from their board positions to share duties of managers for Canada’s largest slo-pitch tournament and music festival are Diana Williamson and Akbal Mund.

“The board has been meeting regularly making plans for the 34th annual Funtastic Slo-Pitch Tournament and Music Festival,” said Mund, who is also Vernon’s mayor. “In looking forward to a structural reorganization and solidification of not only the event but also the organization, the board of directors made some significant changes for 2018.”

Williamson is a long-time director with Funtastic, as well as past president. Mund was president of the board. The pair will oversee the duties previously held by an executive director.

With the vacancies on the board, elections were held to fill the openings.

Rob Ellis is now president with Ryan McGivern as first vice-president. Darcy Sochan steps in as second vice-president and Brad Steel remains as third vice.

Christine Bosworth is treasurer and newcomer Greg Wutzke is secretary. Rounding out the board are directors Tim Reardon, Jamie Austin, Corrine Buller and Devin Drader.

“This is an exciting year with much potential to reach out to many sponsors and involve the community in a large way,” said Ellis. “It’s an opportunity for the ball teams that travel from all over the province and elsewhere to meet Vernon and its community.

“We have the ability to thank those teams that have been coming for decades to years. We will be driven to introduce all businesses in Vernon to our guests. It’s time to showcase Vernon for all it has to offer.”

Another significant change was the moving of the timeline for the community grants.

Eligible local non-profit sports organizations will be encouraged to apply for the grants in late summer.

The Funtastic Sports Society gives back to the community through sport using the funds raised at its annual event.

Since 1984, the Vernon and District Funtastic Sports Society has been working to help make the community a great place to live, learn, work and play. As a result of hosting the annual fundraiser, Funtastic has been able to contribute more than $1.5 million back to the community.

Registration for the slo-pitch tournament – held the Canada Day long weekend in Vernon, Armstrong and Enderby – is picking up with slots filling up fast.

“Funtastic is unique in that there are three tournaments running simultaneously in Vernon,” said Ellis. The A Division, where top teams will receive cash prizes, the six-game tournaments and the four-game tournamentswith all skill levels available.”

The live entertainment line up is being compiled and will be announced in the spring. There will be three entertaining evenings with great lineups each night with tickets being available on line.

For anyone wanting to be part of Funtastic in Vernon on the July long weekend by volunteering, registering a team, or becoming a sponsor at all levels, please contact the Funtastic office at office@funtastic.org.

Funtastic’s Annual AGM

The Funtastic Sports Society AGM will be held:
Tuesday SEPT 19th 2017 at 7 pm
At
The Schubert Centre
3505 30th Ave, Vernon BC
V1T 2E6

Please email office@funtastic.org if you have any questions, comments or additional needs. If you know of anyone that wishes to be a new society member, please have them contact via this email address…as we are currently compiling a list of new members for the Board of Directors to Approve.

We have seen some great traction this year with the Societies attempts to bring the event back to the Players and accessible to the public. There’s still a long road ahead, our 2017 Board of Directors have created some amazing groundwork to ensure the society can keep itself going!

No Wakes on the Lakes

We love the Okanagan, and we know that one of the big reasons people live and visit here is our lakes! Please note, we are still experiencing higher than normal water levels, and as a result, many of our shorelines are still vulnerable to damage. Please adhere to the RDCO Wake Map and help us keep our shores beautiful for years to come!

Grant Applications Now Closed

We’d like to thank everyone who applied this year for our Community Grant program. Building a better community through sport starts with bringing funding to non-profit sport, recreation, and community organizations of a sport nature in and around Vernon. Last year, we proudly distributed nearly $30,000 in grants to 13 different organizations.

Successful applicants will be contacted.

2017 Community Grant Applications

We are happy to announce that we will be accepting applications for our Community Grant starting on January 30th, 2017 at 6:00am!

If your sports club or organization is in need of capital to help fund costs for equipment or operations, we invite you to apply for this year’s grant. On January 30th, you will be able to apply online by visiting the Community Grant page on our website.

Last year, we were happy to give back to the following organizations: Cherryville Community Club, European Football Club, NONA, Okanagan Stand-Up Paddle Board, Schubert Centre Society, Silver Star Freestyle Club, Sovereign Lake Nordic Club, Spinal Cord BC, Vernon Figure Skating Club, Vernon Lawn Bowling Club, Vernon Minor Football Association, Vernon Soccer Association, and Vernon Tennis Association.

Thank You For a Great 2016 Tournament and Festival!

We at Funtastic would like to thank you to all those who participated in our 2016 Funtastic Slo-Pitch Tournament, and all who attended the A&W Music Festival this year. We’d also like to thank our amazing volunteers and sponsors who make this amazing event possible every year! 2016 was a huge success and we look forward to seeing you next year.

Speaking of next year…2017 registration is now open, so register now to get the best slot! We can’t wait to see you again!

2016 Lineup Released

This year’s music festival will be held on Thursday, June 30th, Friday, July 1st, and Saturday, July 2nd. We look forward to seeing you there!

Our full lineup for 2016 has been released! Headlining this year’s event are Canadian rock legends Big Sugar and Platinum Blonde, with tribute acts The Hip Show and U4. We will also have a wide range of local talent from the Young’uns, Hog Wild Band, Cosmic Brew, the Dirt, Dirt Road Kings, and the Shawn Lightfoot Band! You will not want to miss out on this year!

Tickets are now available online through Ticketfly. Be sure to get yours today!

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2016 Community Grant Applications are Now Open!

In keeping with our mission of “Building a Better Community through Sport, The Funtastic Sports Society invites qualifying community groups to submit applications, available online via our website.

Visit the Community Grant Page

Funtastic is proud to be able to support local sports organizations through grants that cover such things as equipment and capital costs for sports related activities.

This year marks the 32nd year that Funtastic has contributed back to the community through its donations and grant program which has totalled $1.7M. Applications will be accepted until Friday March 4, 2016.

The purpose of the Funtastic Community Investment Grant is to provide financial support to non-profit sport, recreation, and community organizations of a sport nature serving the Greater Vernon region. Successful applicants will benefit from the Community Grant program with an emphasis on projects that will continue to support the growth of sport and recreation in the region.

In 2015 the Funtastic Community Investment Grant program distributed $30,000 to 10 recipients in summer and winter sports encompassing sports field development, equipment purchases, sports programs and physically challenged support program development.

Our Funtastic Slo-Pitch Tournament and the Music Festival showcases our community’s volunteer spirit and highlights Vernon’s exceptional weather, recreation areas, sports fields, and accommodations which encourages participants to return each year to the benefit of local businesses. It is the #1 economic driver of the North Okanagan for the summer months. The 2016 Funtastic Event is from June 30 hto July 3rd. With the music festival running evenings of Thurs June 30, Fri July 1, and Sat July 2.

Please contact Tony Pallas, Executive Director of Funtastic Sports Society, at (250-558-7756) or office@funtastic.org with any questions or for any further clarification.