Patrons look over the offerings during last year’s Celebrity Plate Auction and Dinner for End Hunger Brandon at the Victoria Inn. More than two dozen plates autographed by sports and entertainment celebrities including William Shatner, Israel Idonije and Rick Mercer were auctioned off. (FILE PHOTO)
The second annual Celebrity Plate Auction and Dinner for End Hunger Brandon is fast approaching, giving community members an opportunity to get their hands on a neat conversation piece for their home while supporting a worthy cause.
The dinner and auction this year will take place on Thursday at the Grand Salon in the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre. Preview and cocktails kick off at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. Hotel general manager and event organizer Brent Miller said those in attendance are in for a very special evening.
"There will be a great dinner prior and then we will get into the festivities of the auction," he said.
Last year, 250 tickets were sold and the auction raised $31,000. Plates that were auctioned included members of the Winnipeg Jets, Sidney Crosby, Cindy Klassen, William Shatner and Jim Treliving from CBC’s "Dragon’s Den."
This year, 30 plates are being auctioned off, which is three more than last year. Some of the plates have been signed by Paul Brandt, April Wine, Harrison Ford, Jason Priestly, Desiree Scott, Arnold Palmer and the cast of Sons of Anarchy, just to name a few.
"There are some celebrities that add their own flare like whether it be a saying or small drawing, we do use them and rarely put anything else on the plate," Miller said.
You can already get a sneak peek of some of the plates by visiting endhungerbrandon.com.
"I’ve seen all 30 and they are fantastic," Miller said.
"Design wise, Ami James, tattoo artist from New York and Miami, is a great looking plate and Harrison Ford and Arnold Palmer are definitely on top."
There are only 250 tickets available, but Miller said there are still some left.
"Ticket sales are going well but we have room to grow."
Tickets are $100 apiece and with the assistance of United Way Brandon, all of the proceeds will go to local organizations within Brandon that work to help end hunger.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 19, 2013