Tickets for handi-van fundraiser going slowly

Having already been postponed once due to a lack of ticket sales, a fundraising event for the district handi-transit van scheduled for Sept. 23 still may see just a small crowd.
“Ticket sales are going slow,” admitted Kim Lauzon, chair of the Meals on Wheels handi-transit committee. “We have a few more sold than before, but we sure would like people to support this.
“We have to hold it no matter what—we have to get rid of the items we have for the auction,” she added.
Lauzon estimated only about 60 of the 200 tickets have been sold so far.
Originally scheduled for June 10, Lauzon said there just weren’t enough tickets sold to hold the dinner, show, and auction that weekend.
At that point, Lauzon attributed the postponement to bad timing, but isn’t sure why ticket sales aren’t going much better this time around.
“We’re really hoping sales will pick up and more will [be sold] near the end—a lot of people do wait to the last minute,” she conceded, though stressing the last day to purchase tickets will be Sept. 20.
Tickets for the dinner and show won’t be available at the door on Sept. 23, but an admission of $2 will be charged for those wanting to attend only the auction, which is expected to get underway around 6:30 p.m.
The doors at the Emo Legion will open at 4:30 p.m. for cocktails and viewing of the auction items, with the dinner and a small show beginning shortly afterwards.
“And then we’ll just continue on with our auctioning,” said Lauzon.
Tickets—which are available at Northwoods Gallery and Gifts in Fort Frances, the La Vallee municipal office, Gillons’ Insurance and the Circle D Restaurant in Emo, and Roseberry Runway in Barwick—also have been reduced from $25 to $15 in order to sell more.
“We’re not going to make any money from the dinner at all,” Lauzon noted. “We just want people to come out and enjoy the night. It’s for a good cause.”
She said the committee isn’t likely to lose money on this fundraising effort, but is uncertain whether or not they will see the dollars they were hoping for.
“We’ve already received some cash donations, which has helped,” Lauzon remarked. “But we don’t want to just give our auction items away—we’ve put a lot of hard work into this.”
The fundraiser will help pay for the maintenance, upkeep, and insurance for the handi-van, as well as trying to keep the costs low for seniors and disabled individuals who use the service for safe transportation to school, shopping, appointments, and socializing.
Lauzon admitted she’s a bit discouraged by the lack of interest and support for this event, but said the committee will try again next year—maybe with some new ideas or a different venue.
“We’re here to serve the community . . . and we just need people’s support to keep the handi-van going,” she stressed.