by Lucie Roy
Jim Fowler Sturgeon Foundation Director of Accommodation Services was having a quick look at the list of silent auction items which can be accessed by visiting the website at www.sturgeonfoundation.ca.
The online auction, open to anyone, is on until Oct. 6. It was launched just prior to the Sturgeon Foundation fundraising evening Sept. 29.
The Sturgeon Foundation accepted donations and received more than $2800 at the event, and are continuing to accept donations towards their new North Ridge Phase II project, due to start soon in St Albert.
Jackie Fowler, Sturgeon Foundation Public Relations Manager said there were 115 attendees at the evening fundraiser, including Minister of Seniors and Housing Lori Sigurdson, Mayor Mel Smith of Redwater, former Senator Tommy Banks, as well as a number of councillors and Sturgeon Foundation board members.
“We were thrilled to have an opportunity to present the new North Ridge Phase II project and appreciate the outpouring of community support and donations, which have continued even after the event,” Jackie Fowler said. “To have Tommy Banks join us at our first fundraising event was a true honour and inspiration.”
The Phase II project is a new building in North Ridge, which will provide 42 suites by 2017 for wait-listed seniors. The current wait list for St. Albert is a total of 121, which includes 29 couples.
Fowler said they also raised $16,000 in generous sponsorships before the event, including two co-presenting sponsors, Sturgeon County and City of St. Albert.
The online auction overall total is more than $3400 as of Oct. 3.
The items include a Pathways Tours unique package worth $6500 for one person to travel to exotic locations in 2017, Beer Hunters girls night out package, one year of group classes at the Visionary Centre for the Performing Arts, Sorrentino’s gift certificate, one-day rental of bounce house and a variety of other items.