From left: Joey Prevost, MacCarthy General Motors owner and general manager, Dave Jephson, Terrace Search and Rescue vice-president, and Janine Wilson, MacCarthy GM marketing manager pose with a $15,000 cheque for Terrace SAR’s new headquarters on Greig Ave. on Friday, July 12. (Brittany Gervais/Terrace Standard)

Terrace SAR vice-president dunked for surprise $15,000 donation

MacCarthy GM raised more than $16,000 for SAR’s new building

The new Terrace Search and Rescue building on Greig Ave. received a $15,000 donation with an icy splash on Friday.

MacCarthy General Motors hosts fundraising events for local organizations and chose to donate the proceeds to Terrace SAR’s new headquarters this year.

Owner and general manager Joey Prevost and marketing manager Janine Wilson proposed a deal — an additional surprise cheque donation, if they can get Terrace SAR vice-president Dave Jephson in the dunk tank.

“I’m sure it was pre-engineered,” Jephson says with a laugh.

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After several attempts to hit the dunk tank lever with baseballs and a basketball, in the end it was a swift karate-kick and a hard push that sent Jephson into the water.

“They had purposely put a whole bunch more ice in there to make it a bit cooler, but it was pretty good, I had no complaints,” he says.

When he got out, Prevost and Wilson presented Jephson with the cheque and a towel. The $15,000 donation will be in addition to funds raised from the barbecue, totalling more than $1,000.

Terrace SAR has currently spent $370,000 on the construction of the new building and the latest donation will be used for the interior. Right now they are in the process of ordering doors and windows and will be pouring 160-feet of concrete for the front wall of the building next week.

“Every dollar helps. It’s not the size of the donation, it’s where the donation comes from,” Jephson says. “If it comes from the heart, it comes to us for the right reasons.”

READ MORE: Terrace SAR fundraising for new headquarters in overdrive

If you’d like to donate to Terrace SAR, money transfers can be emailed directly to If donors require a tax receipt, payments can be made to the City of Terrace, in care of Terrace Search and Rescue. Jephson says businesses can also donate furniture and other items as a contribution as well.

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Dave Jephson, Terrace Search and Rescue vice-president, stands in the dunk tank with Joey Prevost, MacCarthy General Motors owner and general manager, and Janine Wilson, MacCarthy GM marketing manager on Friday, July 12. (Brittany Gervais/Terrace Standard)

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