• James Armstrong

Hot bidding heats up Fireman’s Charity Auction


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

Shirts came off as the bids went up. Members of the Hudson Fire Department devoted time, energy and talent to the fundraiser auction held Monday evening.

The annual auction for the Fireman’s Christmas Basket Fund held on Monday November 28 at Hudson Village Theatre was a steaming success according to organizer Tania Ellerbeck.

“We raised about $14,000 and the donations are still coming in,” said the cheerful but tired Ellerbeck in an interview the morning after. She estimated that proceeds from the auction would cover the cost of about 50 food baskets that Hudson Fire Department members put together and distribute the week before Christmas.

The auction, organized by Royal LePage Village Real Estate Agency in collaboration with the local food bank LePont/Bridging, received more than 150 items donated by local businesses, merchants, organizations and individuals. The highlight of the evening is auctioning off of the services of teams of firefighters. The auctioneers, Robin Pridham and Michael Lawrence were quick to point out that the services were for four hours and had to be legal. “One individual bought them to install a dock each year,” said Ellerbeck adding that gardening or serving food and drink at a party have also been work projects.

There were many popular items in the sale including a one-hour flight for three people over the Island of Montreal donated by Laurentide Aviation. Tickets for Montreal Canadiens hockey games also proved popular as were ‘Magaret’s Baked Beans’ and ‘Youri’s Apple Pie,’ delicacies crafted by fellow real estate agents.

“There’s a friendly competition amongst some of the contributors to see whose item brings the highest price,” said Ellerbeck adding that she really appreciates the support from other real estate agents.

The charity auction was started by Janet Ellerbeck 39 years ago and has gradually developed into the event it is today. “We moved it to the Hudson Village Theater 17 years ago for more space,” said Tania. She was pleased to see that it was almost a full house on Monday evening and they are already planning for next year’s 40th auction.

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