Don Raffan

Don Raffan

Dreams come true during gala auction

The Kalamalka Rotary Dream Auction raised a whopping $180,000 for charitable organizations Saturday.

A high point of Vernon’s social calendar, the 29th annual Kalamalka Rotary Dream Auction was a resounding success.

The gala event at the Best Western Vernon Lodge raised a whopping $180,000 for charitable organizations Saturday.

“Our expectations were greatly exceeded.  I can’t believe the support,” said Taylor Dedora, event chairperson.

More than 450 people attended the event, which included dinner and the auction.

Keeping the bids moving were Don and Peter Raffan, of Valley Auction.

“I can’t thank the Raffans enough,” said Jerry Tellier, Kalamalka Rotary Club president.

“They’re here for us every year. They know the crowd and they do an extraordinary job of maximizing the bidding.”

The highest ticket item this year was the fishing and golf trip to Campbell River with private airfare provided by the Kal Tire Jet. It sold for $10,500.

Dozens of other items also sold above their retail value.

“I’d like to thank all of the sponsors of our auction and of course all of the people who attended the auction and opened their pocketbooks for charity,” said Dedora.

“Our community is second to none in generosity and support and our club could not be more proud to be a part of it.”

The club’s donations committee will meet during the next 60 days to review funding applications received from charitable groups.

“Raising this amount of money will allow the club to financially assist dozens of worthy projects,” said Dedora.

Groups interested in receiving financial assistance should visit kalrotary.org to determine if they qualify and how to complete the online funding application.