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And the winner is…

The results have been tallied up – and a winning team has been determined – for the 2015-16 BCHL Five Hole for Food (FHFF) Challenge presented by First West Credit Union.

The Vernon Vipers gathered 6,877 pounds of food on their FHFF night Nov. 28 to claim top spot.

Altogether, the BCHL established a new record with 40,436 pounds of food raised for local food banks around B.C. and in Washington State. The league’s total has gone up each season since the campaign started in 2013-14.

“Once again, all our teams got behind this initiative and made it a huge success,” said BCHL communications director Brent Mutis. “To be able to make a difference in so many communities throughout the year is important and again shows what an impact our teams have off the ice.”

The BCHL got a boost with the addition of the Wenatchee Wild this season but even without their contribution of 1,800 pounds, the league still would have topped last year’s total of just under 37,000 pounds.

In the three years the campaign has run, the BCHL has gathered over 110,000 pounds of food.

“Congratulations to the Vernon Vipers and all of our BCHL team partners,” said Susan Byrom, senior manager, community investment with First West Credit Union. “Our organization is passionate about collecting food and raising funds to support local food banks; we are absolutely thrilled that the communities we serve will be positively impacted as a result of the success of FHFF.”

FHFF is a national non-profit organization run by volunteers. Over the last six years, FHFF has raised well over a million pounds for Canadian food banks.

About First West Credit Union

First West Credit Union offers members the financial strength, comprehensive product selection and extended branch network of a large financial institution while maintaining local brand identities and a unique grassroots approach to service. Led by Launi Skinner, First West is British Columbia’s third-largest credit union with nearly $10 billion in assets, more than 240,000 members and more than 1,700 employees. It operates 54 branches throughout the province under the Envision Financial, Valley First, Enderby & District Financial and Island Savings divisions. Visit for more information on First West Credit Union.