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Funds raised thanks to “Santa’s Bids For Kids”, a testament to local support – Ponoka News

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The Ponoka community came together to enjoy the excitement of bidding with the Santa’s Bids For Kids online fundraiser, warmly raising around $ 19,000 during the three-day event. Funds raised will support the Boys and Girls Clubs and Big Brothers Big Sisters programs in Ponoka.

“This year has gone very, very well. This is the second year that we have held the auction and it has far exceeded our expectations. There were 97 items in the Ponoka auction. We don’t have our totals yet, but we will be about a thousand of our goal of $ 20,000, ”said Beth Reitz, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ponoka and Rimbey.

“We are very grateful to our community. They are always too supportive and generous towards us. The result of this auction is a testament to that, ”she added.

Some items were open for auction until December 6, including Oilers jerseys, a WestJet travel voucher, local business gift baskets and a weekend getaway to the Fantasyland Hotel.

The online fundraiser was conducted in partnership with the Ponoka Youth Center, the Boys and Girls Club Wolf Creek-Ponoka, the Wolf Creek Youth Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ponoka.

“Due to COVID-19, we were unable to host some of our larger events in person. Fundraising online was a way to still fundraise but comply with COVID-19 restrictions, ”Reitz said.

While the event’s operations were similar to last year, community support has been much greater this year.

“We were able to get more donations this year because companies were more familiar with what we were doing. We also found that people were really excited to do it this year. They were eager to bid and we had over 19,000 views of the site in the three days it lasted, ”said Reitz.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ponoka hopes to conduct regular fundraisers starting in 2022. Several fundraisers have been canceled or changed since the start of the pandemic, Reitz said.

“We hope to be able to return to an in-person fundraiser in 2022.

“We hope it will continue to be an event that people really look forward to and enjoy attending.

“A huge thank you to all of our donors and auction winners,” said Reitz.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ponoka is currently working to launch a new fundraiser called Koins For Kids. Visit their Facebook page for events and updates.