by Sue Walker
Beth Donovan Hospice is once again hosting it’s Everything Under the Evergreen Online Auction. This is the second year running for this successful event. The auction will take place from November 22 to November 29 at rideauauctions.com/online-auctions.
In the Fall of 2020, with the pandemic impacting everything we did, we were not able to host our usual Christmas fundraising event. Still needing to fundraise, we pivoted to “Everything Under the Evergreen” online auction. With the support of Hunter McCaig, owner of Rideau Auctions, who graciously offered to not only donate to the auction, but also to host the auction on his own web platform, we were able to raise the much-needed funds to support our free programs and services. Over 40 local businesses and individuals donated to the auction in a very financially difficult time, and we are eternally grateful for the generosity of this wonderful community.
The Fall of 2021 finds us in much the same position. With last year’s online auction being such a success, we decided to continue with “Everything Under the Evergreen.” When we reached out to local businesses, we were amazed by the responses from local merchants; everyone said yes! In fact, Kemptville Heat Source told us that they didn’t want to donate an item this year; instead, they wanted to give us a cheque for $500. So far, over 80 items have been donated and new items continue to trickle in. There truly is something under the evergreen for everyone. Items include artwork, seasonal crafts, gift baskets, knitted items, gift cards, and so much more.
To view and bid on items, head to https://www.rideauauctions.com, and under the “Auctions” menu, select/click “Online Auctions”, scroll through the list of auctions and click on “Beth Donovan Hospice Charity Auction.”