Silent auction event raises $ 15,000 for Santa’s store – Morinville News – Morinville Online
by Stephen Dafoe and Lucie Roy
Recent provincial changes related to COVID-19 have resulted in a format change for the 23rd Annual Santa’s Store Auction to Benefit the Midstream Support Society. Instead of a one-night live auction, organizers held a two-day silent auction over the weekend.
The auctions took place on Friday, November 20 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, November 21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. When everything was counted, the auction raised $ 11,320. Another $ 2,523 was raised from the 50/50 and $ 880 from a liquor raffle. The Lions Meat raffle generated an additional $ 500 for a total of $ 15,223 for Santa’s store.
The food bank also received $ 600 in assistance from those who reserved tables for Saturday night.
“Children feel the unease and worry that overflows around them. Hopefully making Christmas somehow normal by bringing gifts under the tree will at least give a little positive experience, ”organizer Joyce Preeper told Morinville Online in an October interview about the event.
The annual auction has been a popular event in Morinville for over two decades and is the charity’s largest source of revenue to help families in need provide a Christmas experience for their children. Last year’s event raised over $ 18,000.
Those who still wish to make financial donations to the cause can send an email [email protected] or by calling Joyce Preeper at 780-939-4307.
Tina Gougeon is working hard to get everything ready for the silent auction. – Lucie Roy Photo