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Kal Rotary's Dream Auction raises $182K

FILE PHOTO- Bidding at the very successful 2018 Kal Rotary Dream Auction.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Michael Tindell

The Kalamalka Rotary Club managed to raise $182,942 in its 37th Annual Dream Auction.

The Dream Auction, which took place online for the second year, raised 91 per cent of its original goal selling more than 250 products, services and experiences.

"We had to learn a whole new way of interacting with our guests and bidders," Dream Auction chair Brian Reid said in a media release. "We began adding items to the online auction site in late October and had already raised over $173,000 by the time the auction began."

The Dream Auction managed to sell several items over their retail value, which Kal Rotary says is a testament to the generosity of the people of Vernon.

Kal Rotary is still tallying cash donations and emphasizes that people can still donate to help them reach their goal of $200,000.

While the event was online the Dream Auction did include live-streamed features with singers Andrew Allen, Melina Schein, Tanya Lipscomb, Sherrie Erickson and Marv Matura, all performing. The event also included videos on how to make a cocktail, courtesy of the Bar Travelling Man, Harry Dosanj, along with appetizer choices by Laura Spencer of Bonfire Nutrition.

Keynote speakers Alvin Law and Andrea Menard also made an appearance.

"The success of the Dream Auction results from the generosity of local business and individuals who donate items, experiences or services, our sponsors and to those who bid on these items," Kal Rotary president Jaqueline Rivard said in a media release. "All the money raised at the Dream Auction is directed to dozens of worthy community and international projects each year... over the past 37 years, Kal Rotary has donated a cumulative total of over $4,835,000 to local and international non-profit organizations."

The media release says community groups can begin applying for grants immediately with the applications process being open until the end of December 2021.

For more information on how to apply for a grant, or to donate, go here.

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