Kimberley Refugee Resettlement Group (KRRG) reports it is $3,000 closer to helping refugee families make Kimberley home as a result of its two latest fundraisers: a Dessert Evening at the Anglican Church Hall and a Silent Auction in the midst of “Spring Splash” at Kimberley Alpine Resort.
The Dessert Evening on Thursday, March 31st, satisfied at least 80 attendees with a taste for sweets and good cheer. The impressive assortment of delectables, made and donated by volunteers, also showcased spring flower arrangements including dainties at every table, thanks to the produce department at the Overwaitea Store and volunteers’ creativity. The evening was further enhanced by the alluring opportunity to shop both from Leila Cooper and her sister Laura’s tasteful display of Silpada Designs’ jewelry and handcrafts from around the world, and orders place from the Regal Gift Catalogue.
At evening’s end, Ms. Cooper presented KRRG with a check for 100% of her commission from the evening’s sales totalling well over $600. Individual cash contributions added more than $500 to the total and an eclectic silent auction netted $500 more. Cyndy Moore and Louise Hockley, the Evening’s co-hosts, expect the evening’s total will push past $1,700, since Ms. Hockley is still accepting Regal Catalogue orders until April 30th (phone: 250-427-3726).
Silent auction donations included contributions from Sully's Barber Shop, Crème Cheese Shop, The Old Bauernhaus, Melody Motors, Wine Works, Canadian Wildlife Federation, B & B Glass and Shoppers Drug Mart. Individuals providing gifts with a personal touch included Ruth Carlson, Elaine Pickles and Leila Cooper.
Two days later, the thrills of Kimberley Alpine Resort’s festive Spring Splash provided a lively background for another in KRRG’s series of silent auctions. Participants came from the surging crowd of skiers, splashers and partiers alike, pausing at KRRG’s tent, donated by Investors Group. Volunteers welcomed questions and encouraged people to join one of KRRG’s Teams, while visitors and locals alike made cash donations and chose from generously donated items including: Rock chip repair (B& B Glass); 2 nights Accommodation (Mountain Spirit Resort); 2 nights Accommodation (Northstar Mountain Village); Golf Package (Kimberley Golf Club); International Tastes & Flavours Gift Basket (Friends of the Library); Summer Camp Program (Blue Lake Centre); Men's Haircut (Sully's Barber Shop); Canada Goose "Kensington Parka"- (Nola & Wayne McLaren); and a 14" Pizza (Grubstake Pizza)! The $1,360 contributed by silent auction winners exceeded even the Fundraising Team’s expectations, according to the Fundraising Team’s Lisa Stemo and Lee Scott who coordinated the event.
Added to the earlier Dessert Evening success, KRRG has a healthy $20,000 in the bank, further encouraging volunteers intent on more than doubling that figure with cash and in-kind donations.
April 23rd : Overwaitea Foods showcases KRRG when it launches a summer-long Saturday Outdoor BBQ in support of local nonprofits. Get to know KRRG volunteers who’ll sport aprons as cooks and servers, all proceeds going directly to help refugees make Kimberley home.
April 30th - Dance! Celebrate spring and help a great cause when Kimberley’s own well known local blues band “The Hollers” cover tunes from the Memphis blues to today’s musical scene. Kimberley’s Centennial Hall (100 - 4th Avenue) is the scene, Saturday, 8PM to 1AM. Tickets ($20) are available at Snowdrift Café and Kootenay Mountain Works. Adding to the fun, KRRG has a "50-50 draw" and another impressive silent auction. Wine, beer and snacks also be available for sale. Special thanks to “The Hollers”, The City of Kimberley, and Kimberley Chamber of Commerce.
May 1st to 31st ; BC Liquor Store will have donation boxes available all month long.
On-Going: Kimberley’s Bottle Depot is now accepting bottle and can refunds as donations for the KRRG.
Everyone interested in learning more about or contributing to KRRG is welcome to come to the next regular meeting, open as always, on Thursday, April 21 from 10AM to noon. Held at Kimberley’s Aquatic Centre, courtesy of the City of Kimberley, another evening meeting will be announced for early in May.
Anyone interested in receiving a monthly newsletter being developed is encouraged to e-mail a request to: info@KimberleyRefugees.ca