Clinton auction raises $40,000 for local students

The Clinton Memorial Hall was given a wild west makeover for this year’s Clinton For Kids Dinner and Auction. (Photo submitted)The Clinton Memorial Hall was given a wild west makeover for this year’s Clinton For Kids Dinner and Auction. (Photo submitted)
Clinton For Kids Dinner and Auction organizer Jessica Lawrence said she was blown away by how much money they raised this year, clocking in at $40,000. (Photo submitted)Clinton For Kids Dinner and Auction organizer Jessica Lawrence said she was blown away by how much money they raised this year, clocking in at $40,000. (Photo submitted)
Jordan Lawrence helped his wife Jessica organize the Clinton For Kids Dinner and Auction. (Photo submitted)Jordan Lawrence helped his wife Jessica organize the Clinton For Kids Dinner and Auction. (Photo submitted)
Attendees of this year’s Clinton For Kids Dinner and Auction. (Photo submitted)Attendees of this year’s Clinton For Kids Dinner and Auction. (Photo submitted)
Bartender David Park got into the theme of this year’s Clinton For Kids Dinner and Auction by dressing up as a cowboy. (Photo submitted)Bartender David Park got into the theme of this year’s Clinton For Kids Dinner and Auction by dressing up as a cowboy. (Photo submitted)
Katelyn Ducharme and Jenna Alexander dressed up as western women for the Clinton For Kids Dinner and Auction. (Photo submitted)Katelyn Ducharme and Jenna Alexander dressed up as western women for the Clinton For Kids Dinner and Auction. (Photo submitted)
Clinton For Kids Dinner and Auction was made possible thanks to volunteer auction experts like Teri Henning (from left), Carrie Allison and Katie McCullough. (Photo submitted)Clinton For Kids Dinner and Auction was made possible thanks to volunteer auction experts like Teri Henning (from left), Carrie Allison and Katie McCullough. (Photo submitted)
Natasha Tolkamp and Gord Colliar prepare items for auction during the Clinton For Kids DInner and Auction. (Photo submitted)Natasha Tolkamp and Gord Colliar prepare items for auction during the Clinton For Kids DInner and Auction. (Photo submitted)

The return of the Clinton For Kids Dinner and Auction raised a record-setting $49,000 last Saturday.

Jessica Lawrence, who organized the event with her husband Jordan, said that this year’s auction was monumental, with all 150 tickets selling out. Lawrence said that after a two-year hiatus, to return with such a bang was gratifying.

“There’s a long history of really energetic parents who have organized this event for decades before Jordan and I took it over,” Lawrence said. “Because there was such a hiatus and we weren’t able to do it the energy this year was so high and the enthusiasm was there right out of the gate. The whole night just had a wonderful energy to it and was full of so much love.”

After expenses, Lawrence said $40,000 will be donated to David Stoddart School’s PAC to fund field trips and buy equipment for the children. For comparison, Lawrence said 2019’s auction donated $13,500 after expenses.

Included with each $20 ticket were a catered dinner, a live auction, a silent auction and a 50/50 draw. The theme of the night, held at the Clinton Memorial Hall, was the wild west with attendees encouraged to dress up in western fashion.

Lawrence said, thanks to her theatre background, she was able to spice up the night by decorating the hall and having attendees take part in a laser tag shootout to win a spot at the buffet table. For entertainment she had the Mill Girl Follies perform while Coun. Nicholas Kosovic crashed the night as “Bad Bart, the baddest guy in Clinton.”

“He came in and had a saloon draw and lost out which ended with him being hit over the head with a couple of sugar glass beer bottles by his wife Lillian,” Lawrence said.

During the live auction, run by Tim Terepocki and Gord Colliar, Lawrence said they auctioned off 100 items. She said bids started high and only grew with the final item of the night, a hand-crocheted blanket made by Clinton student Trinity Parsons, going for $3,000.

“She was worried that no one would bid on it because it had some imperfections. I chose that item as the last item of the night and it went for $3,000 which is one of the highest bid item we’ve ever had.”

Lawrence credits the nights’ success to volunteers like kitchen manager Melissa Painter and their sponsors. Wesley Lesosky, of Salmon Arm’s Lemonade Stand, donated $2,000 to pay for the dinner, a beautiful charcuterie board for the live auction and glassware for every table that attendees could take with them. Blake Bolster Realty, Colleen Meyer from Langley Motor Loans, the Highbar First Nation and United Steelworkers Local 1-417 were also key partners in planning the event.

“It’s a longstanding tradition and I’m really glad we can carry it on. It seems to be building in popularity year after year and we just hope to keep holding to a high standard so people think of it fondly.”



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