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It IS about the money

I had the privilege of attending the Winnipeg Harvest Empty Bowl Celebrity Auction and dinner on October 14 at the Delta Winnipeg.

It was a great event! And do you know what made it so great? Everyone in the room knew why they were there – to raise money! No, there was no doubt about it. And not by nickels and dimes. No passive messages. No “hoping” you’d contribute.

The celebrity bowls were numerous and humorous. Or thought-provoking. Or just lovely. And some created a real war on bidding in the silent auction, as well as in the live auction.

The dinner itself was simple. Soup and bread (well, with a side of beef tenderloin, but it was delicious). Red velvet cupcakes at each place. Candles atop cans of soup. And a money jar to stuff bills into on each table – with each dollar being matched by sponsor Scotiabank.

Volunteers sold tickets for a chance on a trip for two to Paris on Air Canada, business class (which, unfortunately went to another dinner guest…!). They also distributed the auctioned bowls to the successful bidders.

The organizers did a superb job with sponsorships, and that, along with the silent and live auctions brought in an announced $340,000 for Winnipeg Harvest!

Food for thought – can you be bold enough to ask for money?

Julie Mikuska


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