Charity Auction for Pool Coming Together

April event designed as final major fundraiser for facility

Those looking forward to the new swimming pool facility in Outlook will hopefully mark their calendars and be ready to support the charity auction fundraiser that is set for Friday night, April 5 at the Outlook Civic Centre starting at 5:30.

A catered meal will begin the evening’s festivities, followed by the live charity auction.

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Organizers are hopeful that the event will draw a big crowd and generate a big number for the pool facility.  A brochure for the auction was provided to The Outlook by Tony Peter of the pool fundraising committee, in which they ask the public to “come prepared to take part and happily part with some cash that can benefit the children and grandchildren of this (community).”

A previous live auction event in the spring of 2015 raised approximately $63,000 for the new pool, and while such a number was deemed very impressive at the time, there was a feeling among some organizers behind the scenes that the event should have raised more money based on a number of factors, including the list of big ticket items involved and the large attendance of the auction.

Four years later, the hope remains that supporters of Outlook’s new pool will turn out in droves to help ensure that the facility is paid off and debt-free by the time it opens later this year.

In the meantime, the auction is seeking items to be auctioned off, and interested parties can contact any of the following people to donate or for more information:

Teresa – 867-8281
Tony – 860-7242
Betty – 867-8034
Ashley – 631-5066
Laurie – 227-5979
Julie – 867-7900

All auction items are to be dropped off at the Civic Centre on Sunday, March 31 during the afternoon, or on April 1 from 7-9 PM.

From April 1-4, the Civic Centre will be open during the evenings to the public to view and place a bid on auction items, and selected items will go on to the live auction, depending on the number and the time available.

In addition to the charity auction in April, the pool fundraising committee is taking part in a Super Bowl Pool at AG Foods in Outlook, asking people to consider at $10/square.  The group is also providing supper at the Legion Hall this Friday night, January 25 starting at 5:30 pm.

Peter says the pool needs to raise some big dollars if the facility is to break even, so he hopes the public and the business community will help support the pool in any way that they can.

“At the end of the year the pool had raised about $1,396,000 and spent about $1,957,231,” he noted.  “We need to raise about $560,000 to break even so the Fundraising Committee is challenging members of the community to step forward and help by organizing fundraisers, donating or coming out in support of the Pool Supper and Charity Auction on April 5.”

The committee also wish to thank the following major donors: J. Wright Construction, $10,000; Outlook Donors Choice, $6,986.91; Herman and Ann Hendricks, $5000; and Bratton RD Vet Holdings, $2500.

“Of course, thanks go to everyone who has donated over the past year,” said Tony.

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