Dream Auction raises more than $30,000

Volunteers Emmanuelle Mayer, Brianna Baignée, Sarah Mayer, Anaïs Mayer and Katie Conroy. - Amanda Oye photo
Volunteers Emmanuelle Mayer, Brianna Baignée, Sarah Mayer, Anaïs Mayer and Katie Conroy.
— image credit: Amanda Oye photo

Close to 300 people came together to help fight poverty at the 11th annual Dream Auction, put on by CHIMO Crisis Services and the congregation of Gilmore Park United Church last Saturday at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel.

“It was the best turnout yet,” said Lisa Westermark, the executive director of CHIMO.

“Our community really cares.”

The Dream Auction raised more than $30,000 for local causes including CHIMO, the Richmond Food Bank and several community meals through silent and live auctions, ticket sales and other fundraising initiatives.

“It’s really about raising awareness of poverty in Richmond,” said Westermark.

“It’s sort of an unseen problem,” she said.

This year there was over 250 silent auction and18 live auction items donated by people and businesses in the community.

“More people are becoming aware of the problem in Richmond and are willing to do something about it,” Westermark said.

As the population of Richmond grows, so does the need for resources to help fight poverty.

“We’re serving more people each year,” Westermark said.

“There are lots of people living with some serious challenges and complex challenges,” she said.

For help or to make a donation, you can call CHIMO at 604-279-7077.

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