Well ladies, we did it! On November 18th, SIDAF held its annual Loonie Toonie Auction, and it was a great success. Although the tickets didn’t sell out completely this year (largely due to the economy), the tables were all populated with enthusiastic supporters of the event. For the second year running, St. Thomas parish hall in Waterdown proved the perfect venue, with lots of space to display our auction items to the best effect. There were over 125 items on offer, running the gamut from “Pamper Yourself” gift baskets to beautiful Grandfather Clocks.
The catered hot meal was a hit this year, and drew many compliments from the crowd. As an auction neophyte, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the evening, but was delighted by the festive atmosphere, the gales of laughter from the tables, and the squeals of delight from the successful bidders. It didn’t seem to matter whether it was a major gift or a small door prize; the joy of one’s number being called seemed to be just the same. I heard several first-time attendees commenting on how much fun they were having, and promising to bring more of their girlfriends along next year. Thanks to everyone who pitched in to make the event such a success (including the helpful young men who fetched and carried for us, and ushered everyone to their tables).
Congratulations to Kerry Jarvi and all of our Fundraising Committee for a smoothly run evening (and kudos to M.C. Kerry for making her voice last to the final auction item!) Heartfelt thanks as well to our sponsors and donors. Sales of tickets to win the wine fridge with bottles of wine boosted our total profits this year, and it was wonderful that although the majority of tickets were pre-sold, the winner was in the audience on auction night.
Amazingly, we managed to surpass last year’s auction total, taking in over $10,000! That money will help fund the many wonderful projects of SIDAF, and allow us to carry out our mission of “women at their best, helping other women to be their best”.