Northern Lights College silent auction raises $1,875 for charity

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Northern Light College raised nearly $2,000 at this year's silent auction to help sponsor a family in need this Christmas and holiday season.

Donated items for the auction came from staff and students, and included items such as paintings, yoga lessons, a metal guitar sculpture, and gingerbread cookies baked by a professional chef. The auction raised $1,785 through bids, with cash donations bringing the total to $1,875.

“We go through the Salvation Army, and we adopt a family,” said Corinne Wallace, the college's HR confidential secretary. “We get information about family and provide gifts for everyone, not just for Christmas, but for the whole season.”

Last year, the silent auction raised around $3,000, supporting two families, and additional funding being donated to Network Ministries to support its food program.

Wallace says the format was a little different this year, being online only, which had the added the benefit of being able to reach all of the college's campuses. The event was previously held only at the Dawson Creek NLC Regional Building.

“It’s been different with no students on campus, and not much staff. We went online,” said Wallace. “We may continue to do this online, because our reach is better. Fort St John, Fort Nelson, and Chetwynd, all can participate now.”

Email reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca.

Tom Summer, Local Journalism Initiative, Alaska Highway News