Auction aids community living

Nearly $13,000 was raised for the Vernon and District Association for Community Living

This Christmas tree

This Christmas tree

Nearly $13,000 was raised for the Vernon and District Association for Community Living at the ninth annual celebration of trees and art auction, held recently at the Best Western Vernon Lodge.

A crowd of more than 200 bid on over 100 silent and 25 live auction items made by program participants with VDACL.

The top-selling art piece at $350 was a multi-media textured presentation titled Why A and involved over a dozen program participants in making the piece.

“The themed trees ranged from traditional to fishing, camping and Mexican,” said Vernon auctioneer Kevin Rothwell.

The top-selling tree was a whimsical tree in all white with a black top hat and skates, titled Hank Snow, which sold to Dave Chamber of DCT Chambers Trucking for $550.

“The community support was tremendous,” said Rothwell. “Scotiabank sponsored a tree titled A Hawaiian Christmas which sold for $325 and the bank then matched the auction bid.’’

Vernon’s Towne Cinema also sponsored a tree complete with 40 movie passes.

Vernon and District Association for Community Living is a non-profit, community based organization, serving persons with developmental disabilities in Vernon and the surrounding communities.

Founded in 1955, VDACL is the oldest organization of its nature in Vernon. It serves more than 200 participants, offers 13 distinctive programs and employ more than 70 qualified staff members.