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Kal Rotary gears up for 35th annual Dream Auction

Kal Rotary President Dr. Carmen Larsen, Kal Rotary Dream Auction Chair Brian Reid and Julia Payson, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association, at the September 12, 2019 Dream Auction Kick-Off meeting.
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September 13, 2019 - 3:45 PM

VERNON - Having raised over $4-million in the last 34-years, the Rotary Club of Kalamalka is gearing up for another season of fundraising ahead of the 35th anniversary of their Annual Dream Auction.

Taking place Nov. 16, the auction has raised millions of the years with 100 per cent of the proceeds of the event going to local and international not-for-profit groups.

"We are excited about this milestone anniversary," Dream Auction chair Brian Reid said in a media release.

According to the release, the Annual Dream Auction event that features live and silent auctions along with a three-course dinner and dance is an opportunity for guests to give back to their community.

Over the years the event has raised much-needed funds for a variety of groups dealing with everything from health and the environment to sports, education and arts and culture.

In 2018, funds raised by the Dream Auction supported the Allan Brooks Nature Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association, Kindale Society as well as providing equipment to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Community Dental Access Centre, Silver Star Adaptive Snow Sports and the North Okanagan Therapeutic Riding Association.

Canadian Mental Health Association executive director Julia Payson says funds from Kal Rotary for upgrades to the kitchen which cooks up 6,500 meals a year had a tremendous impact.

"This inclusive community space allows us to better serve our participants and community with good nutrition, social connections and life skills," Payson says in the release.

Kal Rotary is currently looking for businesses and individuals to support the auction by providing a product or service for the live and silent auctions, sponsoring the event, donating cash for auction items and attending the event as a guest and bidding on auction items.

Community groups can also begin to apply for grants until December 2019. For more information including an application go here.


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