The Bentley branch of Servus Credit Union once again gave a boost to the United Way of Central Alberta after holding their fourth annual silent auction.
Thirty-seven silent auction items, down from about 54 last year, were on display and open to bidding at the branch from Oct. 12 to 22.
A total of $2,520 was raised, down from the $5,060 in 2009.
Some of the bigger items up for bids for 2010 were Oilers tickets and a signed Grant Fuhr picture donated by Panther Radiography, an original wall hanging by artist Wanda Whaley, a birdbath with pedestal from D&M Concrete Products, and a cash donation from the Bentley Rose restaurant.
Numerous other silent auction items were also donated, some by the staff.
This was the first time Garret Spelrum, supervisor of member service, had helped organize a silent auction event and he says he will do things differently if he helps next year. He would like to leave things on display longer to allow more bidding time and would give more advance notice so people have more time to get their donations in.
Statistics show that one in three Albertans will access services supported by the United Way during their lifetime.