Refugee fundraiser features Syrian food and a live and silent auction on Saturday

Where can you enjoy Syrian food and have a chance to win a diamond necklace in the same night?

At a Syrian Refugee Fundraising Dinner and Auction this Saturday (April 23) at Campbell River Baptist Church.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and there will be a chance to look at the silent and live auction items, find a seat and enjoy coffee, tea and punch. A four-course Syrian meal prepared by Baba Gannouj will be served at 6 p.m.

There will be a silent auction throughout the evening and a live auction with auctioneer Gordon Dyck, which Campbell River Syrian Refugee Support Committee member Julie Gold says will probably start around 7:30 p.m.

“Gordon Dyck’s been an auctioneer in Campbell River for years and years; he has lots of experience doing live auctions so I’m sure there will be entertainment value there,” said Gold.

Gold says there are more than 30 items to bid on and some of the items being auctioned off include a helicopter ride and Eiko Jones art.

During the evening, the committee will also show a short video explaining where the funds will go and sharing a bit about the refugee families that the committee is supporting.

Gold says the silent auction will probably close around 8:45 p.m. and the fundraiser will likely wrap up around 9 p.m.

So far, more than 100 tickets have already been sold.

“People are supportive,” said Gold. “The community’s been great. We’re excited about this one.”

Tickets for the fundraiser are $30 per person and are available at Preston Jewellers, Campbell River Baptist Church or Baba Gannouj.

Everyone who buys a ticket gets a chance to win a Pyrrha diamond necklace valued at $300, sponsored by Preston Jewellers.