The 10th annual Diamond Dinner and Auction for the Women’s Contact Society and Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre was almost sold out Monday.
There were 150 tickets for the gala and only 16 left. “We’re very excited about that,” says CDC director Nancy Gale.
The dinner is on Saturday, Oct. 25 at The Point events room at Signal Point Gaming.
After expenses, Gale says the funds raised will be divided between the Women’s Contact Society for the Good Food Box program and the CDC to help furnish the new autism centre which Gale says is on track to open the first week of December.
“We both work equally hard to make the event happen,” says Gale, who expresses her appreciation to local businesses and individuals who have donated items for the auction and prizes.
Being their 10th anniversary she says Signal Point is donating the dinner this year.
Auction items include a few trips such as to Mexico and a three-day fishing trip. Elaine Watt has donated a hand-made quilt and there are numerous other items including popular chocolate cakes.
For 10 years the event organizers have purchased a Canadian-cut diamond which is raffled during the evening and comes with a setting of the winner’s choice that is custom made by Geoff Bourdon at Woodland Jewellers.
Gale says all 10 of the diamond winners have chosen to incorporate their diamonds into different pieces of jewellery such as a ring, earrings, bracelet, necklace, broach or other item.
Last year event co-ordinator Ashlee Turatus said the dinnr raised just over $26,000. Contact Nancy Gale at 250-392-4481 or Ashlee Turatus at 250-392-4118 for ticket information.