A number of Sylvan Lake residents are doing their best to help a friend in need by organizing a benefit auction Nov. 16.
Proceeds from the event, which will include live and silent auctions and a dessert auction, will go to Shawna Seifert, whose husband Craig died as the result of a motorcycle accident earlier this year.
The goal, according to a letter from organizers, is to “financially assist Shawna with her expenses in these difficult months ahead”.
June Duncalfe is one of four people organizing the auctions, and hopes many people will attend to show their love and support for Seifert.
She’s grateful for the kindness that has already been shown by the community.
“I’m just overwhelmed with the support and am grateful to the people in this community,” she said. “Shawna knows that we’re behind her. We’re here for her.”
Donations have been received from local businesses and community members.
“People have donated lots of good stuff,” said Duncalfe. “We’ve got some hockey paraphernalia, and a lot of other really cool stuff from local businesses.”
Responses were received from “all over” after notice of the event was made public, she added.
Further donations are still being accepted and encouraged.
“We are happy to have anything from a rice crispy square to Black Forest gourmet,” said Duncalfe. “It does not matter, it’s just so much fun. You know people will pay just to support Shawna.”
People may also donate items to live and silent auctions.
Those interested are asked to phone June or Kevin Duncalfe at 403-887-3990, or Greg or Diane Smith at 403-391-2510.
The auctions are open to the entire community, and will begin at 7 p.m. at Sylvan Lake Community Centre, Nov. 16.
“We just needed to do this,” said Duncalfe. “It’s going to be a fun night.”