The Shriners, who are well known for their parades, are adding a new addition to their repertoire - an auction that already inspired three local youths to give up their own bicycles to be auctioned off. Pictured are Kelley Shane (9) and twin brother Blake Shane. Not pictured Nolan Shane (11).
CORNWALL, Ontario - The inaugural Shriner auction is ready to stake its claim, as a community event that can’t be missed.
“As we looked for a new fundraising event, we really focused on something exciting that would draw our community together,” said noble Rob Cave, Cornwall Shriner. “Our hope is that the event will one day turn into the largest annual charity fundraiser in the area.”
The altruistic nature of the S,D&G Cornwall Shrine Club Charity Auction was already in motion after three brand new bicycles were donated.
That generosity, from three children of the Laurie and Pat Shane family of Cornwall, is now a catalyst of inspiration for many to make the event a success.
“The Shriners are particularly excited about this new event,” said Cave. “It allows us to continue to connect with the community, drive awareness of what we do as a Shrine organization and host a community event that everyone will enjoy.”
Many high-end items are ready to be auctioned off – an RV, motorboat and trailer, brand new electronics, musical equipment, autographed jerseys, gas certificates, household items, tools and antiques.
There are three ways the community can join in:
Corporate sponsorship and auction donations.
Strong attendance - show up and bid.
When you’re there, take a chance to meet your local Shriners.
The proceeds will primarily assist the club in the transportation of local children to the Canadian Shriners Hospital. Some of the funds will also go towards the maintenance of their parade equipment, used for community awareness in local civic parades.
"Exceptional children require Shriners with exceptional dreams," said Cave.
To catch a glimpse at some of the auction items go to www.smartchoiceauction.com.
The event will take place Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Cornwall Armoury (505 4th Street East). Viewing starts at 9am, and the auction gets started at 10am.