Due to scheduling conflicts there won’t be entertainment at the Third Annual Poverty Challenge and Silent Auction coming up next week but the event continues to be a great way to support the Salvation Army Food Bank this holiday season.
There will be appetizers and more than 125 items on the auction block generously donated by 92 local businesses, says Grant MacLeod, who is organizing the School District 27 fundraiser for the food bank.
“The community here has been unbelievably generous,” says MacLeod, a retired school district support worker. “It is way more than I ever imagined. All three years the business community has been very supportive.”
Last year he says the event raised $9,200 for the food bank and despite at least four other events happening the same evening he hopes many people will come out and support the Poverty Challenge which takes place at the Signal Point Gaming Centre banquet room, Saturday, Nov. 21 starting at 7 p.m.
MacLeod says that despite other events taking place the same night he advises people to get their tickets early because the event is selling out faster than last year with almost half of the 120 tickets available sold by Wednesday of this week.
He says there will be auction items with values from $10 right up to $50, $100 and right up to over $500.
“There is a bit of something for everybody in various price ranges,” MacLeod says.
Some of the higher end items include a signed Carey Price jersey, a helicopter ride, a gas outdoor fire pit for your deck or yard and a portable gas fire pit, as well as some small appliances including specialty coffee makers.
There are also about 50 gift certificates for businesses, gift baskets and gift certificates for local spas, gift certificates for local restaurants and more.
Tickets are $20 in advance only and available at Lake City Secondary Williams Lake and Columneetza campus offices and the board office.