Many thanks to all of those who joined and participated in our 7th Annual Auction BUT 1st VIRTUAL auction!
Together we raised over $70,000 for Wellness Place and the NCW cancer warriors we serve.
Julie Lindholm, Executive Director said, "Due to the current COVID climate we had to quickly reimagine our in-person Gala Auction and cancelling was never an option for me, because our NCW cancer warriors need our help now more than ever."
The online silent auction started on Saturday, September 19th, and was open for a whole week filled with over 40 fabulous items and packages. The week was full of supportive fun as bidders competed all week long for the packages they were determined to win!
Then, on Saturday, September 26th at 6:30pm the live-streaming auction began with Julie Lindholm thanking the virtual crowd for attending, followed by videos including information about Wellness Place, and an emotional video of breast cancer warrior Marissa Collins, as she shared her story of the crucial support Wellness Place brought to her and all NCW cancer warriors.
The sensational auctioneer Cody Hodge entertained the virtual audience with funny props to go along with the attractive live auction packages. One virtual bidder said the best part of the night was watching the competitive bidding as the numbers grew with each package, especially the raise the paddle. Watching "paddles" raise and seeing the goal number climb with thousands of dollars, was pretty spectacular.
"COVID has changed all fundraising efforts and it was very emotional for me to watch our supporters virtually giving a silent "You Got This" to all of our cancer warriors. The financial effects of this pandemic has added another level of stress to our warriors who are already battling for their life, and to see community support such as this so we can continue our mission in offering support and FREE cancer services was incredible to me and I can't say thank you enough!" Lindholm said.
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