Gala generosity helps Rotary make dreams come true

Peter Raffan calls out the bids at the 27th annual Kalamalka Rotary Dream Auction Saturday night at the Best Western Vernon Lodge. - Kevin Mitchell/Morning Star
Peter Raffan calls out the bids at the 27th annual Kalamalka Rotary Dream Auction Saturday night at the Best Western Vernon Lodge.
— image credit: Kevin Mitchell/Morning Star

It was another overwhelming success for the Kalamalka Rotary Dream Auction.

The 27th annual gala event at the Best Western Vernon Lodge Saturday grossed more than $165,000.

“It was a huge success and everyone in the club is delighted we’ll have such a large pool of funds to direct into community and international projects,” said Sarah Pruckl, club president.

Dream Auction funds support a wide variety of community projects each year.

Organizations are encouraged to determine whether they might qualify by going to The club’s granting policy and a complete application form may be accessed through the Funding tab on the top menu bar.

The auction attracted a sell-out crowd of 450 people.

“There are two groups of people to thank for this success, the donors whose generosity provided such a wide variety of items for the auction and the supporters who attend each year and bid on those items,” said Pruckl.

“Many items actually sold for more than their stated value.”

The top-selling item was a golfing and fishing package, which went for $13,000.

As part of the package, six people will fly to Campbell River via the Kal Tire jet for two nights accommodations at the Herons Landing Hotel and a round of golf at the Storey Creek Golf and Country Club. Then there is five hours of  salmon fishing, guided by Dave Hunshuk Fishing Tours. The final day includes golfing at the Crown Isle Golf Club.

Months of planning went into the Dream Auction.

“I would like to thank all of the Rotarians who contributed to this year’s success and in particular, Dream Auction chairperson Taylor Dedora and his auction committee members,” said Pruckl.


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