For over 30 years, the 100 Mile House Lions Club auctions have raised money for their community.
Until 2005, they held an annual two-day event that people followed on the radio and TV and bid by phone.
Technical problems prevented broadcasting in any manner in 2005, so a live auction was held as a temporary measure. According to Lion Ron Graves, who has been involved with the auction since its inception, it was a success, raising the same amount of money in half the time and with half the work, and has remained as their standard since then.
On Nov. 5 auctioneer, Stuart McFadden, 100 Mile House Mayor Mitch Campsall and Cariboo Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett will bring down the gavel on close to 200 items at the dinner and live auction event at the 100 Mile Community Hall. Along with the auction there will be bucket draws, a silent auction and a Pick of the Pride ticket can be purchased for $20. This gives the winner their choice of anything on the auction table.Icing on the cake is a $500 travel voucher door prize which will be given away during the evening, but you have to be there to win.
A dinner buffet prepared by B.J.’s Donuts and Eatery will feature lasagna, chicken, rice and salads.
Dinner/auction tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Whimsey Gifts, Money Concepts and from Lions club members. Purchase deadline is Nov. 3.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 and auction at 7:30.
All money raised will go back to the South Cariboo Community towards local needs and charities. Last year the Lions supported two graduation scholarships for Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School, a camp sponsorship for the Youth Excellency Society, Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, Gavin Lake Forestry Camp, 100 Mile House Mural Society, 100 Mile and District Scouts, Canadian Cancer Society, 100 Mile House & District Soccer Association, 139 Children’s Fundraising Society and more.