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Strike Out The Stigma 2019

Wow! We've been saying that a lot lately- but wow. 

When Michael and I first started planning Strike Out The Stigma it stayed in "the early stages" for a while... We knew we wanted to make it happen, we just didn't accept it very early on. We made a few calls, made a few connections, and decided to start doing up the social media and website and introduce ourselves around town. 

mental health advocates fundraising for charity at bridge youth and family services in kelowna bcmental health advocates fundraising for charity at okanagan boys and girls club in kelowna bcmental health advocates fundraising for charity at mamas for mamas in kelowna bc

We talked about our story, we drafted up some emails and documents and started heading out around Kelowna to share our message. It was two fold - 1) come hang out with us for Strike Out The Sigma 2) see us face to face and learn more about us! We met some awesome, awesome people. Ones who ended up putting in a team for their charity or local organization!

foundry kelowna strike out the stigma slo pitch teammamas for mamas kelowna at strike out the stigma mental health charity tournament

Ones who reached out to their networks to support us.

parkinson association of alberta slo pitch team at strike out the stigma in kelowna bclake city social club slo pitch team representing paws it forward at strike out the stigma in kelowna bc

Ones who donated prizes and funds for charity.

unhinged boutique, prospera credit union, kitsch wines, summerhill winery, upside cidery, culture cosmetics, foxtail and anchor jewlery all sponsoring strike out the stigma

Ones who offered to share the weekend with us and bring their incredible local businesses.

kim from artsy phartsy being a vendor at the kelowna strike out the stigma slo pitch tournament for mental healthbelinda from sweet bee's being a vendor at the kelowna strike out the stigma slo pitch tournament for mental healthoak autumn pet design being a vendor at the kelowna strike out the stigma slo pitch tournament for mental healthkarli from karli kustom designs being a vendor at the kelowna strike out the stigma slo pitch tournament for mental healthbrandie from okanagan natural design being a vendor at the kelowna strike out the stigma slo pitch tournament for mental health

Ones who volunteered their time and expertise to help us every step of the way.

alyssa volunteering at the information, registration, and raffle table at strike out the stigma

It's been an absolute privilege to share this weekend with so many incredible individuals from all across Western Canada.

There were downsides of course, there were challenges and roadblocks. Quite literally. We had major construction around the diamond for the entire weekend and leading up to it. We had challenges locating funding this late in the year. We hoped for more spectators and volunteers...

But of course we would! Of course we would hope that we knocked this one out of the park (pun fully intended) and in some regards, I feel like we did. We worked to  nurture a sense of community and belonging that has been really special to both of us. We got people to connect in a non-business kind of way. And mostly, we had a blast. Can we spend all our weekends with you guys?

So when people ask, how'd it go??? Honestly, great. And we can't wait to do it again! 

group photo of charities in kelowna at the gold medal game for you are collective's strike out the stigma


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  • Great time had by “Team Parkinson’s Alberta” Awesome event. Can’t wait for next year and to help the cause again!!

    • Doug Steinhubl