Bids for Kids poster

Santa’s Bids for Kids online auction open now

Benefiting youth programs in Ponoka and Rimbey

Wolf Creek Youth Foundation’s Santa’s Bids for Kids online auction, benefiting youth programs in both Ponoka and Rimbey, is now open.

This is the foundation’s first ever online auction, and it will run from Nov. 19 to 24. Bids opened at 8 a.m.

This will be their main fundraiser for the year, as other events were cancelled due to COVID-19, says executive director Beth Reitz.

As no in-person fundraisers were able to be held this year, the foundation needs to recoup some costs. The Race for Kids and summer camp fundraiser were both cancelled and it’s likely the annual bowl-a-thon won’t be held in the spring.

Reitz says community response was very good, with 80 businesses or organizations donating from Ponoka and 38 from Rimbey.

The first 20 people who registered to bid were entered into a win a Cilantro and Chive gift card.

Bid on items, experiences, or the opportunity to sponsor important areas in WCYF agencies, such as sponsor a Big Brother Big Sister match.

Bidding is going fast, with $6,200 raised by 11 a.m. on Nov. 19.

Some of the items up for grabs include a carriage/sleigh ride date night at Heritage Ranch, including a private ride followed by a five-course dinner, a gift card to Cilantro and Chive, a ski package for two to Kimberley, B.C., a WestJet round trip flight for two, one night in a Fantasyland Hotel theme room with two World Waterpark passes, 18 holes of golf with a power cart, for four at Wolf Creek Golf Resort, and pizza for a year from Boston Pizza.

The view auction items and place bids, 32auctions.com/santasbidforkids2020.

Wolf Creek Youth Foundation is the agency that oversees the Ponoka Youth Centre, Boys and Girls Clubs of Wolf Creek, Boys and Girls Clubs of Rimbey and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ponoka and Rimbey.

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