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Fundraising dinner and auction raises $16,000 for salmon

Attendees dressed in their best western duds, and were greeted with a signature cocktail and country music

The Campbell River Pacific Salmon Foundation dinner committee hosted a western- themed evening for their 2014 dinner and auction, which was held on Feb. 8 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall.

Attendees dressed in their best western duds, and were greeted with a signature cocktail and country music. With the support of the local community, the volunteer organizers raised more than $16,000 to support salmon conservation, restoration and enhancement activities in Campbell River

Rose’s Country Catering prepared delicious seafood appetizers, followed by a country-style buffet and desserts. Later in the evening, Greg Rollo of Rollo Marketing conducted an exciting live auction which featured angling adventures, original artwork and other unique items. All auction proceeds will be directed to volunteer-driven salmon projects within the Campbell River region.

During the evening’s presentations, Mark Wunsch, President of Discovery Passage SeaLife Society, spoke about the new Discovery Passage Aquarium facility. In 2013, the Discovery Passage SeaLife Society received $13,000 in funding from the Pacific Salmon Foundation for a salmon display tank and educational salmon life cycle signage at the new aquarium at the Fishing Pier.

Volunteer dinner chair, Larry Stefanyk, wrapped up presentations by thanking major supporters Save-on-Foods, the Campbell River Mirror, the Kinsmen Club and Ridgerider, among others for their generous support. Stefanyk emphasized, “It is the generosity of the community that makes these fundraising events possible. Those of you who purchase a ticket, make a donation, support our auctions, or volunteer your time, are the salmon heroes in our community”.

In 2013 Pacific Salmon Foundation granted $26,675 to five salmon projects in the Campbell River region. Since 1989, more than $790,000 has been directed into 117 projects in the area. Through local fundraising efforts and community partnerships, volunteers have leveraged that funding to equal a total value of more than $5.2 million.