BFO Durham ONLINE Silent Auction 2020
So much has changed recently with the Covid 19 pandemic challenging our daily routines and sense of normal. This is nothing new for those familiar with BFO where a new normal is what the programs and facilitators are assisting those dealing with loss, try to achieve.
For the first time our annual Fundraising Dance (with raffles and silent auction) has had to be cancelled. With social gatherings off the table for this year a few of our members felt there had to be some way to assist because the tragedy of loss does not stop just because there is a pandemic.
Thankfully, even with the economic challenges of the shutdown, our sponsors came through and provided items for our first ever online auction. It does not match the exhilaration of spending an enjoyable evening with our BFO-Durham friends as we enjoy dancing, eating good food, and eagerly checking the silent auction lists to see how we stand, but we hope that this Online Silent Auction will allow us to raise some much needed funds to help BFO Durham be there for those in need.
We can’t emphasize enough our appreciation for the dedication of our sponsors as well as the individual donations under such difficult circumstances. With businesses shut down and a lack of a clear path forward it speaks to the quality of people we are so lucky to have in our community.
Our auction is now live and will be available until 5pm on Sunday October 18th 2020.
The link to our auction site is: www.32auctions.com/BFO-Online-Auction-2020 and bidding is enabled.
To actively bid in the auction you will need to register FOR FREE, as a participant via the auction site.. no payment details are taken.
We hope you are able to help support this fundraising event, every penny counts! If you simply wish to make a donation, there are multiple options available for you:
click the donate link on our website,
click on the "donate" auction item (this is set at $25) - no payment is taken during the auction - settlement(payment) is at the end of the auction by any of our accepted methods
phone the office with your credit card details
cash or debit donations are also accepted at the office
All monetary donations of $25 or more are eligible for a donation receipt
IMPORTANT Ride To Remember Brent Foster Memorial Ride 2020
Due to the corona virus outbreak, we are sorry to inform you that our July 28th, 2020 Ride To Remember has been canceled. While we are still as dedicated as ever to embracing the Ride To Remember 2020, this year the safety of our attendees comes first.
We feel that it is our responsibility to help flatten the corona virus curve and keep everyone safe. So in order to do this with all the limitations currently in place, we have no choice.
Having said that, unfortunately Bereaved Families services cannot cancel. Consequently we still feel the need to provide our support in a different “new norm” this year. They still rely solely on support from fundraisers. So to continue our support this year we are doing things a little different.
This year in lieu of registering/purchasing an orange ride t-shirt of which 100% of the proceeds are donated, please consider showing support and donating. We will be accepting all donations to Bereaved Families in Memory of Brent Foster Ride To Remember. Monetary donations of any amount will be accepted and if your donation is over $50 a tax receipt will be provided upon request. Visit our website ride-to-remember-brent.com and click on DONATE.
Or you may wish to gamble! We have created an “on line” (virtual) silent auction. With the help from many gracious sponsors we have a range of items to showcase. All you have to do is place your bid and hopefully win. As always, 100 percent of proceeds are donated to Bereaved Families.
(Silent Auction will be available July 28th)
Last year’s ride on July 30th 2019, was marked with a challenge that Ride To Remember had never experienced. Rain, rain, go away. Guess you could say that we had been blessed all those years. But our dedicated riders, coordinators made it work. With the start of the engines the sky cleared and our riders headed out. A tranquil ride to Fenelon Falls and around the scenic Kawartha's arriving back at Foxbridge Golf Course in Uxbridge. Riders were met by an array of fabulous orange balloons, family, friends, sponsors and the sound of Matt Gunn playing his music in the background.
**OUR BIGGEST NEWS THIS YEAR - THE LOWE'S CANADA HEROES CAMPAIGN FOR SEPTEMBER 2019**
A big thank you to Rona Uxbridge for selecting Bereaved Families of Ontario – Durham Region as their charity of choice last September! The Ride To Remember organizers were instrumental in Rona’s selection of this charity. Through the generous donations from the Rona Uxbridge staff, the Uxbridge community, Contractors and Rona Canada $7937 was raised. Thank you to all those wonderful employees at Rona Uxbridge for this huge donation.
As a tradition for Ride To Remember on September 12, Brent's birthday, the proceeds are presented to BFO. Last year we were pleased to have raised $14,720 from our event and along with the generous Rona contribution our total 2019 Ride to Remember donation was $22,657! We are extremely delighted to know that our support allows their work to continue helping those families in need. Grand total to date from Ride To Remember is $127,657.
Please accept our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. We are looking forward to Ride To Remember 2021.
Thank you for your understanding during these difficult times. If you have any questions, please contact us.
We look forward to continuing our mission in 2021! In the meantime, please stay safe.
Donna Sherrard/ Lorne Johannessen
ANGELS’ TREE OF LIGHT 2020
This year marks the 25th anniversary of BFO-Durham’s Angels’ Tree of Light. We had plans to make this year’s ceremony a very special event. Covid-19 restrictions have made it necessary to rethink those plans, however, we will still proceed with the ceremony in a different format.
Our Angels this year are a beautiful, silvery filigree design with silver ribbons for your loved one’s name. This year’s ceremony will take place at a new location, without an audience. The ceremony will follow our usual program with a welcome from Jane Carter (Executive Director), Opening Remarks, Dedication & Tree Lighting. We will also have musical performances and our special memorial reading.
We will be making a short film of our 2020 Angels’ Tree with a brief history of our Angels’ Tree since the beginning. The film will be available for viewing on the BFO-Durham website on Thursday, Nov 26th.
Please support this event by making a donation for these beautiful Angels which are yours to keep after the event. See Angel Order Form for details.