Park­ers Chrysler helps raise $25,000 for Dis­cov­ery House

Penticton Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

Staff and clients of Dis­cov­ery House now have 25,000 more rea­sons to cel­e­brate. Park­ers Chrysler and owner Janet Parker have teamed up to do­nate $25,000 to the pro­gram, which of­fers ad­dic­tions treat­ment for men in a res­i­den­tial set­ting.

The do­na­tion in­cludes $7,720 raised at the deal­er­ship in June – $100 from ev­ery new ve­hi­cle sold and $10 from ev­ery oil change – and a $17,280 top-up from Parker in mem­ory of her son, Colin, who died last year af­ter a long bat­tle with ad­dic­tions.

“Colin would have turned 40 in June and if I can help another mother and fam­ily avoid this tremen­dous loss, then I will,” Parker said.

“It’s or­ga­ni­za­tions like Dis­cov­ery House that need the com­mu­nity’s full sup­port to help those who suf­fer from ad­dic­tion.”

Dis­cov­ery House ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Jerome Abra­ham was stunned by the gifts.

“This is an im­mense help. We had no idea it would be such a gen­er­ous amount,” he said.

Dis­cover House plans to open in its new 13-bed on Win­nipeg Street in Au­gust and will name a wing af­ter Colin Parker in hon­our of the do­na­tions.

The pro­gram be­gan in a six-bed­room home on Wade Av­enue that will also re­main in op­er­a­tion.

Special to the Her­ald

Dis­cover House ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Jerome Abra­ham (mid­dle) ac­cepts part of a $25,000 do­na­tion from Janet Parker and Park­ers Chrysler gen­eral man­ager Jim Tabler.

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