Ukraine fundraiser growing

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The Eganville Leader’s Fundraiser for Ukraine is continuing to get a lot of support from across Renfrew County.

Leader Publisher Gerald Tracey said the event will include a live auction, a silent auction, an evening of first-class musical entertainment, special guests from the Ukrainian community in Ottawa and more.

The live auction, conducted by Preston Cull of Douglas, will kick off the night and take place outside the Eganville Arena near the entrance to Rotary Beach.

“We are receiving many wonderful and unique items and if the donations continue, we expect the auction will begin at 6:30 and go to at least 7:30,” he said. “In addition, there will also be scores of smaller items sold by silent auction. These will be displayed inside the arena.”

All auction items will be available for viewing from 5 p.m. on.

Following the auction, there will be a brief opening ceremony including welcoming remarks from local and county dignitaries and hopefully a musical presentation from a Ukrainian women’s choir from Ottawa. This will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

William Enright is recording the articles being donated for both the live and silent auctions and is amazed at some of the items people are giving. On the auction bill now are 100 pounds of freshly-butchered beef, barbeques, new TVs, an outdoor patio set, five cords of firewood – cut split and delivered, loads of topsoil delivered anywhere in Renfrew County, an almost new riding lawnmower, a day’s work by an excavator and much more. The local artist community is also rowing in with many original and numbered reproductions.

“As you can see, the auction items can also be services provided by local companies which is quite valuable in these times,” he said. “Some of the items will attract the interest of many people.”

Silent auction items will likely have a value of $50 to $200, he said.

Anyone wishing to donate services or new or gently used items to the auction can contact Mr. Tracey at 613-732-0377; Mr. Enright at 613-602-6276, or Zig Mintha at 613-628-3295. Items can be dropped off at the arena throughout the day June 17. If that isn’t possible arrangements will be made for pick up or alternative drop off.

The committee is appreciative of the wide support the fundraiser is receiving, noting there have already been donations ranging from $100 to $5,000.

“We are hopeful that tax receipts can be issued for donations of $50 and above,” Mr. Tracey stated.

. Anyone wishing to support the effort can mail cheques made out to “Trust for Ukraine Community” to The Leader, Box 310, Eganville, ON K0J 1T0 or send an Interac E-transfer to Northern Credit Union in Eganville using Eganville.Ukraine.Fund@gmail.com

Debbi Christinck, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader

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