An auction benefitting a Sylvan Lake family proved ‘very successful’, according to organizers, who, at press time, were still tallying the total amount raised.
June Duncalfe was one of several people who organized the event in support of Shawna Seifert, whose husband was killed earlier this year in a motorcycle crash.
She wasn’t sure exactly how many people attended the silent, live and dessert auctions that were held throughout the evening, but estimated it to be over 200 people.
“It was a great time,” she said. “In this town, the people are absolutely amazing. We couldn’t have done it without them.”
Money was raised through the auction sales of desserts, hockey jerseys, handcrafts, and other items donated by family, friends and community members.
Items up for grabs also included metal art created by Darcy Fullerton and Tim Toews.
As well as many individuals who donated to the event, the local business community also provided much help.
“They were behind us all the way,” said Duncalfe.
A letter distributed by organizers prior to the event noted that funds were being raised to “show our love and support for Shawna and family … our hope is to financially assist Shawna with her expenses in these difficult months ahead”.
Although she didn’t know exactly how much was raised, Duncalfe was pleased to see so much support for Seifert, and assured that organizers had met that goal.
She appreciated the number of people who showed up to the event, despite adverse weather — which, for some, made travelling difficult.
“It blows my mind,” she said. “Despite the weather, people made a huge effort and came out.”
Monetary donations are still being accepted until the end of the week, and may be dropped off at Sylvan Lake Alliance Community Church, or made by phoning Duncalfe at 403-887-3990.