Going once, going twice. Sold to the highest bidder. That was the sound of success Sunday as the Child Development Centre (CDC) raised $33,100 from their annual Dutch Auction fundraiser.
“The Child Development Centre would like to thank everyone for their continuing support,” said director of community relations Mary Jarbek. “With the help of our sponsors, donors and volunteers, $33,100 was raised for therapeutic needs of our children. A big bouquet of thanks to those small businesses who donated cash, your monetary contribution came in at over $10,000 this year and is so appreciated.”
One of the highlights of this year’s Dutch Auction was a special visit by Ronald McDonald, who flew in to Prince George to be with the crowd at Shaw TV Studio for the day. All the local McDonalds’ restaurants, operated by local philanthropist couple Val and Dean O’Connor, raised $7,500 from sales of ice cream during the year. Along with the goods on the auction block, there were lots of prizes.
Lucky winner Kim Aydon won a trip to fly anywhere in West Jet’s world. The draw was an incentive for people who purchased an item from the Dutch Auction to come down and pick it up at the Shaw Studio on Sunday. As well as sponsors, donors and volunteers, there were celebrity auctioneers like MLA Pat Bell, MLA Shirley Bond, Colleen Soares and all the deejays from 94X and The Wolf 97FM.
“A big cheer to the children who volunteered,” said Jarbek. She noted that Bob Jarbek and his models, mostly the children, worked very hard in the display area making sure the show ran smoothly.
“All volunteer staff from the CDC and families who came down to spend time with the kids creating a fun and memorable event for everyone.”
The event was a success because of the community as a whole, she said. “Special thanks to you, Prince George, for once again supporting the kids and the Child Development Centre and for helping us reach our goal.”