Several local McLeese Lake children entertained the guests with their musical abilities at the recent Christmas Pot Luck Supper and Auction held at the Hall in December. It was a wonderful holiday evening.

Several local McLeese Lake children entertained the guests with their musical abilities at the recent Christmas Pot Luck Supper and Auction held at the Hall in December. It was a wonderful holiday evening.

McLeese Lake party helps food bank/hall

The McLeese Lake Hall was the place to be on Sunday, Dec. 8 for the 15th Annual Christmas Pot Luck Supper and Auction.

The McLeese Lake Hall was the place to be on Sunday, Dec. 8 for the 15th Annual Christmas Pot Luck Supper and Auction.

It was a wonderful festive evening enjoyed by more than 100 guests. The evening started off with such an incredible pot luck supper.

How do the cooks do it, year after year, where the guests go up to the food tables and are treated to such delicious dishes of which many of them are unique and they are all exceptional!

There are hardly any repeated dishes and there is so much to choose from such as appetizers, salads, veggie dishes, both hot and cold, and lots of desserts.

The McLeese Lake Hall Committee provides the main course and would like to extend its gratitude to Greg Foster, Gigi Gosselin, Jackie King, Maj Sutherland, Kate Jalbert, Kathy Suski and Kathy Carter for cooking the three hams and three turkeys and to all the other cooks as well.

Following supper was musical entertainment which was arranged by the Carter family.

They always treat the guests to a very enjoyable time for which everyone is grateful. After this, the children were thrilled to receive a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

They were able to sit on his knee and whisper to him excitedly what they wanted for Christmas. It was a very special time. Last but not least was the fund raising auction. As has been the case for the past several years, this part of the evening would not be the success it is without the direction of auctioneer Terry Fowler.

He has such a knack for making the bidders want to dig a little deeper and help make this the biggest fund raiser of the year for the McLeese Lake Hall.

We can’t thank Terry enough for always being a part of this annual event.

Terry helped the Committee raise over $2,700 which will go towards renovations of the Hall Building. We would also like to extend two huge thank yous to all of the businesses and individuals who supported the Auction and to all the community members who bid on the items.

Without your donations and bidding, this event would not be such a great success. A very big thank you goes to Samuel and Clarence Culp, Audrey Krell, Kathy Suski and yours truly (Rhonda) for all the help with the Auction. The committee members were also very pleased to be able to donate approximately one hundred and ten pounds of food to the food bank. These items were donated by the guests.

Thank you to all the community members who helped with both set-up and clean-up. Many hands make light work and it was proven once again with everyone who showed up.

It was an incredibly successful evening and we all look forward to the 16th annual in December, 2014.

The committee would also like to remind local residents that they will be holding their Winter Fun Day on Saturday, Feb. 8 behind the Oasis Café from noon to 4 p.m.

Events of the day will include lunch, hay rides, ice fishing, snow machine runs and a camp fire to hang around and visit with friends and family.

A silent auction will also be held to raise funds for the hall, so please bring any items that you are able to donate.

Looking forward to seeing you at this fun filled event!