By Justin Seward
St. Michael’s School’s annual auction and supper fundraiser will look a little different this year.
With COVID-19 limiting in-person gatherings, the committee has decided to an online auction.
“With the challenges of COVID and the general guidelines for the general restrictions we have to follow, we had come to a decision that we wouldn’t be able host our regular supper and auction because there is usually 200 people in attendance,” said Michelle MacLean, auction committee chair.
“The committee had a discussion around it as to whether or not we wanted to do a fundraiser, would be able to, and really felt it was important to continue on because this a major source of funding for our school and programs for our students.”
The annual event tends to have the community’s backing every year and was an important factor as to why the committee decided to follow through in 2020.
“With it being around 18 years, we just felt that we have a strong enough support and a reason that people will continue to support the auction,” said MacLean.
Businesses or individuals who want to sponsor can do so.
“Our sponsorship corporations will be featured on our website,” said MacLean.
“They’ll be put in the posters or general advertising we’re doing within the community. Those sponsorship levels are available.”
There is also the option of people to donate unused items by Nov. 13.
“We get such great support and auction items donated every year,” she said.
“We anticipate that to be quite similar. We (may) just not have as many just because it’s going to be an online auction.”
The committee will pick up the auction items from people and will be stored at an off-site location.
Donors or sponsors can call MacLean at 403-315-3958 for more information.
The online auction will run from Nov. 20 to Dec. 4.
More information about the auction can be found http://charityauction.bid/StMichaels.