August Family Foundation

August Family Foundation

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Founded in 2015, the August Family Foundation is our way of giving back to the community that has given so much to us. With the passing of Gary August, we realized just how much our community had touched him. We knew we wanted to create something that would ensure his legacy lived on in the Okanagan.

With such a deep connection in their loyal community spanning over the past 75 years, it seemed a fitting opportunity to return the support and respect that they themselves had received. The August Family Foundation began small but has flourished into so many amazing events, however none as spectacular as the Okanagan Dream Rally. The Okanagan Dream Rally is an exotic/sports car rally dedicated to children and youth who have gone through difficult challenges in their lives with the purpose of creating unforgettable moments to last a lifetime.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Our History

2022
July 30
2022 Okanagan Dream Rally

The Rally Returns!

After a 2-year absence outside of our control we are excited to announce that the Okanagan Dream Rally will be returning on July 30th 2022! Click here to join the Dream Rally!

2021
December 5
6th Annual Cars & Toys

Cars & Toys Goes Drive-Thru!

On December 5th, we hosted our 6th Annual Cars & Toys charity toy drive! 🎅🏻🧸❄️🏎

We were absolutely blown away by everyone who took the time to stop by with a toy to show their support ❤️
We say this time and time again but we really do have the most amazing and generous community!

This past week we delivered a portion of the toys to Mamas for Mamas and the rest were shipped down to Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon in Vancouver!

Between these two incredible organizations, all toys will be going to some very special families this holiday season ❤️

2020
December 13
5th Annual Cars & Toys

Cars & Toys Goes Drive-Thru!

The 2019 Okanagan Dream Rally raised $816,000 in support of Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon and KGH Foundation.

From the bottom of our hearts we thank everyone that came together to help make this day happen.

2019
December 1
4th Annual Cars & Toys

Tis The Season For Santa & Supercars!

Cars & Toys is one of our favourite annual events and we are incredibly thankful for everyone who came and showed their support this year!

All donated toys were delivered to Mamas for Mamas, JoeAnna's House, and Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon to help support families in need.

2019
October 12
Supercar Rides For Charity!

Over 100 Supercar Rides!

On October 12, we took a total of 117 individuals (of all ages!) for exciting rides in some very special cars for an even more special cause.

Each 20 minute supercar ride was offered for $100 with all proceeds going to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association

2019
August 4
2019 Okanagan Dream Rally

$816,000 Raised!

The 2019 Okanagan Dream Rally raised $816,000 in support of Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon and KGH Foundation.

From the bottom of our hearts we thank everyone that came together to help make this day happen.

2018
December 9
3rd Annual Cars & Toys

Santa Arrived In A Fire Truck!

Toys donated this year will be distributed to Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon, Mamas for Mamas, and Third Space Life Charity.

2018
August 26
2018 Okanagan Dream Rally

$425,000 Raised

2018 was our most incredible year yet, raising $425,000 for the Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon!

This was also the first year we hosted a Launch Party with a Live and Silent Auction the evening before the Dream Rally!

2018
June 7
COHA Recognizes The August Family

The COHA August Centre Opens

On June 7th, 2018 the COHA Board of Directors held a ribbon cutting ceremony in naming the COHA August Centre in recognition the August Family for their generosity in donating $221,000 to renovate a new space that would integrate all our community outreach programs and administration in a welcoming, warm, and inviting space.

2017
December 3
2nd Annual Cars & Toys

Cars & Toys Returns!

It was just our second year hosting our annual Cars & Toys event but it has already become one of our favourite parts of the year.
143 families from the Okanagan area stayed at Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon in 2017, and thanks to everyone's support and the toys that were donated, we were able to help make this Christmas a special one for those that need it.

2017
August 6
2017 Okanagan Dream Rally

$193,000 Raised

200 incredible cars with 200 special co-pilots going for the ride of a lifetime...
$193,000 was raised in support of Autism Okanagan, KidSport Kelowna, and Central Okanagan Hospice Association!

2016
December 3
The 1st Annual Cars & Toys

Supercars & Toys For A Cause

What better Christmas combination than toys, supercars, and Santa? All donated toys went to special families at the KGH foundation. Did we mention Santa made his arrival in a helicopter?

2016
August 7
The 1st Annual Okanagan Dream Rally

$124,000 Raised

In 1948, the dealership moved to its long time home at Water Street and Leon Avenue.

2015
The Foundation is Established
Our First Event - The Gary August Fundraiser

$75,000 Raised

Dedicated to Gary August and supporting the Central Okanagan Hospice Association, this was the August Family Foundation's inaugural event!

The Family

Matt August

Co-Founder

Michelle August

Co-Founder

Brian & Irene August

Co-Founders

OUR VISION

Achieving The Impossible

As two young entrepreneurs, born into a family with a long legacy in the Okanagan – we feel like the August Family Foundation is our way of giving back to the community that has given so much to us. With the passing of Gary August, we realized how the community touched him, and the life the community gave him. We realized this after the amazing amount of people who came forward with heart felt memories and condolences, we knew he was an amazing person but didn’t know how much he touched the people around him. I then realized it’s not what you have in life it’s the people in it that make the difference and for that I thank him.

Our first event with the Central Okanagan Hospice Association was very important to us. The organization took unbelievable care of one of our own Uncle Gary, The way that they were taken care of felt as though it wasn’t their job, it was their passion. Our focus with the August Family Foundation is to help charities within the Okanagan who have helped touched locals in the valley.

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