Legion volunteer Susan Hoffus says the silent auction the Keremeos branch of the Royal Canadian Legion holds every year is one of her favourite fundraising events.
That’s because the money goes to any organization or family in immediate need in the community instead of the Legion’s regular fundraisers where the money must go to BC Gaming designated non-profits and charities. In 2018, the Keremeos Legion raised over $30,000 from these events.
“The hope is that each year it will get a little bit bigger and better,” she said.
Last year, the roughly $2,000 raised from the silent auction went to a family in the area whose husband had been injured and couldn’t work, she said.
“Keremeos, Cawston and the surrounding communities are just amazing with the support they have given us over the years. It is just really incredible so I think everybody will be surprised with the different variety of items that we get up for auction.
“It is important to get as much support as we can,” Hoffus said, adding they have received donations all the way from Penticton and the Naramata.
In its fourth year, the silent auction is taking place from Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. until Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.
Each year, what is up for auction differs, Hoffus said. But, generally, auction items have been sports jerseys, gifts donated from wineries, stuff for golf lovers, gift baskets and oil changes, to name a few.
“You name it, it is there,” she said. “Last year, a woman donated a tea set made of china.”
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