Community Benefits

BCLC’s New, Online Fundraiser Supports B.C. Charities and Local Businesses


Food bank volunteer wearing a face shield

BCLC is sponsoring a new, online fundraiser called Spread the Local Love, benefiting 10 charities throughout B.C. and supporting local businesses in 11 communities.

From February 1 to 15, 2021, B.C. residents can double their impact by shopping local. As part of the campaign, BCLC sponsored a number of items and gift cards from local businesses and made them available on the Spread the Local Love fundraising page. When an item is purchased, or a silent-auction item is successfully bid on as part of the campaign, the contribution will go directly to one of the 10 participating non-profits across B.C.

This means that both local businesses and charitable organizations receive valuable support during these challenging times.

“We know that the pandemic has created a variety of challenging impacts in B.C.,” said Peter ter Weeme, BCLC’s Chief Social Purpose Officer and VP of Player Experience. “With the cancellation of many in-person events due to COVID-19, our team is consistently looking for new, creative ways to support communities. Through the Spread the Local Love campaign, we’re able to bring the community together once again, virtually.”

Spread the Local Love will help support: the Kamloops Food Bank, Greater Vancouver Food Bank, Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation, Cariboo Memorial Hospital Foundation, Victoria Hospitals Foundation, Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation, Burnaby Hospital Foundation, Castlegar and District Community Services Society, and SHARE Family and Community Services in the Tri-Cities region of Metro Vancouver.

“BCLC has been a long time friend and supporter of the Kamloops Food Bank,” said Bernadette Siracky, Executive Director of the Kamloops Food Bank. “In 2020, BCLC’s sponsorship, employee-led fundraising, and volunteers helped us deliver more than 2.4 million pounds of food to 5250 individuals, 47 community agencies and nine associate member Food Banks. Campaigns like Spread the Local Love not only help raise important funds for the Kamloops Food Bank but also help support our local businesses.”

To purchase a gift card, bid on a silent auction item or make a donation, visit: