Shriner dinner-auction a hot ticket item

Popular king crab, prime rib fundraiser event returns

The Second Annual Shriner King Crab & Prime Rib Buffet & Auction is happening April 18 at 100 Mile Community Hall.

Big Country Shrine Club member Frank Dobbs encourages folks to get their tickets now as the inaugural dinner-auction was a bit hit.

“Everybody who came last year was ecstatic about the meal and the fun we had.”

The club raised more than $20,000 for charity in 2014, some of which always remains local, he explains.

“Last year, we gave $3,500 to the South Cariboo Health Foundation.”

Dobbs says the local foundation will benefit again this year, along with the Shriner Patient Transport program.

While all sorts of great items are on the docket for the auction, he says a sneak peak at some of the hottest items up for grabs are a one-hour flight provided by Cariboo Air, a three-day houseboat rental on Shuswap Lake, and a weekend at Tsuniah Lake Lodge.

Tickets are $75 and available for at 100 Mile Feed & Ranch Supply, A&B Photo, Cariboo Supply & Marine, Red Rock Grill and 108 Esso.

Dobbs adds it is one of the club’s biggest fundraisers and all the money raised goes toward local sick children who get health care at one of the 22 Shriners Hospitals in North America.

“The work they do is absolutely phenomenal and it doesn’t cost the child a cent to go to a Shriners Hospital. It is all taken care of – like the two kids from 100 Mile, their transportation and everything will be looked after and they’ll have a parent go with them.”

The social event begins at 5 p.m. and the dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. while the auction gets underway. A wine bar will also be available.

The Shriner Bus will be parked outside the hall for folks to tour from 4 to 6 p.m.