The money raised at the Victoria Inn’s End Hunger Brandon Gala Dinner and Celebrity Plate Auction in January was handed out at a small ceremony at the hotel on Thursday.
A total of just under $31,000 was given to four local charities that provide food to needy people in Brandon: Food For Thought, BUSU Food Bank, Samaritan House and Helping Hands.
Brent Miller, general manager of the Victoria Inn, said the charities were chosen in consultation with the Brandon and District United Way, which distributed the money but didn’t charge any administration fee for their effort.
For the event, Victoria Inn’s food suppliers donated the food and the hotel supplied the services and plates for the fundraiser. Nearly 250 people, at $100 a plate, attended the event.
There were 27 plates auctioned off. The two most expensive sold for $1,220 each — one had Sidney Crosby’s signature, the other had signatures of the Winnipeg Jets.
Because of the success of the program, the Victoria Inn committed to two more Celebrity Plate Auctions, with the goal of raising $100,000 between the three events.
The next fundraiser will be held in January and will be capped at 250 people. They already have plates with signatures and commitments for signatures from Dog the Bounty Hunter, L.A. Kings assistant general manager Ron Hextall and actress Diane Keaton.
Jim Hills, chair of Helping Hands, said he is happy to receive money for his organization wherever he can and that he is grateful to both Victoria Inn and the United Way for their support.
Helping Hands is a soup kitchen that provides a full-course meal five days a week to anyone who is in need of a meal.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 4, 2012