Hudson’s 38th Annual Firemen’s Christmas charity auction a roaring success


PHOTO BY TANIA ELLERBECK

Hudson’s 38th Annual Firemen’s Christmas charity auction raised, at last count, almost $13,000 in support of the Fireman's Christmas Basket Fund in collaboration with Le Pont/Bridging food bank. Firefighters themselves were auctioned off to the highest bidders to perform “anything legal” for a two-hour period.

Royal LePage Village hosted their annual Firemen’s Christmas Charity Auction once again at the Hudson Village Theatre this past Monday night, November 23, in support of the Fireman's Christmas Basket Fund in collaboration with Le Pont/Bridging food bank. This year marks the 38th time the auction has been held, in which all the money collected goes towards the Hudson Fire Department for purchasing and distributing food baskets to the less fortunate in the St. Lazare, Rigaud, Vaudreuil and Hudson areas.

“For many years, we have come together as a town and as an office to raise money for a great cause”, said Margaret Lagimodiere, Royal LePage Real Estate Broker, as part of the opening speech. “Our local firemen put together Christmas baskets for those in need in our town and surrounding areas, and I am told this year they will be doing at least 50. These baskets will be brimming with food and toys, enough for a week of enjoyment and pleasure.”

This year's auction had quite a lot to offer, with a new auctioneer lending a helping hand this year. Robin Pridham of Pridham’s Auction House kept the audience laughing and bidding all night, making sure that he could score the highest bid possible while making jokes with the audience. Pridham lead the event by auctioning off items provided by local businesses, merchants, residents and the brokers themselves that had been collected and made during the past year.

Many deals were offered up for local services such as restaurant and hotel packages, golf packages, spa packages, sports memberships and more. The audience also had a chance to bid on two sets of two tickets for the Montreal Canadians games that will be held at the Bell Centre in March 2016. Delicious home-made baked goods, paintings, children's toys and hand-painted and crafted furniture were items also purchased during the auction. Miscellaneous gift certificates were also auctioned off.

The crowd was relatively subdued until the evening’s main attraction was up for bid. The firemen themselves were auctioned off in as two groups of four men got up on stage and the applause and cheers – and the bids – grew as the young men began to remove their T-shirts. The winning bidders were rewarded with four hours of the fireman's time, which they could spend having them help with house work or any task deemed ‘legal.’ For the firemen's groups, the two separate bids tallied up to almost $1000 to add to the money collect during the night and at last count, close to $13,000 was raised.

Although the auction went well and lots of money was collected thanks to the help of all those who attended, the firemen are still welcoming donations to their Fireman's Christmas Basket Fund in collaboration with Le Pont/Bridging food bank. To help out the cause, please feel free to donate either items or money to the Royal LePage Village office, 472 Main Road, or the Hudson Fire Department, 523 Main Road, and make someone’s holidays brighter this year.

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