An annual fundraiser for three local charities ran a bit of a different spin and should be another great success.
After not being able to secure a venue last year, the Chicks For Charity event made its return to the Stagecoach Saloon on June 23. The date was also significant this year, as it marked the first time in the event’s seven years that it was hosted prior to the start of the Ponoka Stampede. A final tally of the amount raised was not available at press time.
“We didn’t have it last year and this year we sold a few less tickets, but I don’t know if the timing of the event makes a difference or not,” said event organizer Jane Wierzba.
“We just thought this would be easier, because the ladies can park right at the venue and they don’t have to be in such a rush to be out. We hope it’s a success.”
The change also allowed the start time to be a bit more convenient for attendees, with the event getting out of the gate at 10 a.m. as opposed to the 8 a.m. in previous years.
The fundraiser also changed some things up in the way it raised money.
“We had our live auction and decided to do a text-to-bid format for the silent auction items this year,” she explained.
“The ladies used their phones to send a text in order to bid on any items they wanted and if someone out-bid them, they would get a text back asking if they wanted to increase their bid. The auction went along that way until the end and the hope was it would be successful.”
Another unique fundraiser was a purse auction, Wierzba explained, which saw tickets sold on five designer purses — one of which also held a $500 prize inside.
Where the interesting part comes in is that after the five winners were selected, they could each choose to keep their purse in hopes of claiming the extra money or they could auction it off to someone else. If they chose that option, the person selling the bag could claim half of what the purse sold for.
This year’s event was in support of three very worthwhile causes — the Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter (CAWES), KidSport and The Stepping Stones of Ponoka.
CAWES operates a 24 hour per day shelter in the region that assists nearly 3,000 people annually as they attempt to flee domestic violence.
KidSport helps support children who need registration fees and/or equipment to play sports in the community, while Stepping Stones is a faith-based program aimed at youths that are pregnant or already parents with the goal of guiding them toward success through social networking, skill development and other initiatives.