Auction items sought for fundraiser

The Riverside Foundation for Health Care is planning another “Casino Night” for its annual event this year, and a large part of the fundraising will include a live and silent auctions.
As such, Joan Allison, chair of the special events committee, said yesterday the Foundation still needs some artistic people to adopt items the committee has on hand and re-decorate them, to be auctioned off on Saturday, March 5.
“We actually have had a fairly good response from the artistic types so far,” Allison noted. “With the rebuild, we’ve salvaged some items from the hospital for people to work their magic on.
“We had five bookcases, and we’ve given two of them out. It would be wonderful is somebody stepped up and took a bookcase,” she added, noting delivery of such an item can be arranged.
So far, said Allison, she knows refurbished or re-decorated benches, shelves, desks, and chairs will be up for auction at the fundraiser.
But there’s more where they came from, so anyone wanting to adopt an item and prepare it for the auction with some artistic flair is welcome to contact either Allison (274-8484) or Foundation director Teresa Hazel (274-4803).
Allison also said anyone wishing to donate anything else suitable for auction (paintings, prints, crafts, etc.) are encouraged pick up that phone.
She noted while the gambling and socializing aspects of the event draws people out, the live and silent auctions really are the significant source of all the funds raised that night.
The evening, which once again promises to be loads of fun, is slated to start at 6:30 p.m. upstairs at the Memorial Sports Centre. The silent auction part of the fundraiser will take place during the evening, and not beforehand like it did last year, noted Allison.
This Vegas-style evening will feature blackjack, roulette, a poker table, and wheels of chance, with gamblers using “fun money” for chances to win fabulous prizes.
Advance tickets are being sold for $25 each, which includes a $15 charitable receipt and $1,000 in “fun money.”
“Tickets are starting to move,” Hazel noted yesterday, adding many people who went out to the casino last year and had a good time are looking forward to the evening out.
They are available at Cousineau Brokers or by calling Hazel at 274-4803.
Gold-, Silver-, and Bronze-sponsored “gaming tables” also will be available for $1,500, $1,000, and $500, respectively.
Sponsored tables include admissions to the casino, “fun money,” and free tickets for casino prizes. The business sponsoring the table also is asked to provide volunteers if they choose to.
Staff from Casino Fantasys of Winnipeg will be on hand to train the dealers and gaming table volunteers.
“Casino Night” also will feature the “PAIR-A-DICE Payoff,” where gamblers can take a chance at winning coupons from local businesses, and a cash bar.
The ticket price includes a light lunch and dancing.
The winners of the “Luck of the Draw” raffle—featuring a fly-in fishing trip for two to Campbell’s Cabins, a $200 gift certificate from Wal-Mart, and a pamper yourself package—also will be drawn that night.
These raffle tickets cost $5 each, and are available right now at The Place, 364 Store, Cousineau Brokers Inc., McTaggarts, Taggs Source for Sports, and Gagné Pharmacy, or by calling 274-4803.
Riverside Foundation for Health Care raises funds for the purchase of medical equipment at La Verendrye Hospital, Emo Health Centre, and Rainy River Health Centre.
Last year’s “Casino Night” brought in more than $20,000.

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