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: 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

send us an e-transfer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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

Thank you


The memorial butterflies sold by BFO Durham Region are now available to order in an outdoor version.
Each butterfly will come mounted on a metal spike along with a plaque with the name and dates of your loved one.
They can be purchased for the same price as those on our memorial wall in the BFO Durham Office $100.
(A tax receipt for $60 will be issued for each purchase)
To place your order please call Bereaved Families of Ontario at 905-579-4293
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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.

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