Silent auction to support senior housing on Denman Island

Proceeds will go towards purchase of land for a seniors’ affordable housing project

submitted by Roberta Pagdin

special to The Record

Coming up on Denman Island this weekend is an all-day event well worth getting up for. The Denman Community Land Trust Association will be holding a Silent Auction this Saturday, Nov. 18. All proceeds will go to the Acquisition Fund to purchase two acres for DCLTA’s proposed Seniors’ Affordable Housing project.

For many seniors, finding appropriate, affordable housing is a challenge.

In a fortuitous sequence of events, Denman Islanders have a wonderful opportunity to make seniors’ affordable housing a reality.

Bev Severn, who owns and lives on a semi-secluded acreage close to “downtown” Denman, generously offered to sell two acres to the DCLTA at a below-market price. DCLTA accepted Bev’s offer and in 2013 began work on this project, which is now well along in the process. But there is still much to be done before the vision becomes a reality – and your help is needed!

The venue for this event will be the Denman Activity Centre. In the lounge, you will find Goods and Services being auctioned off. Here is your opportunity to get a deal on fir firewood, tickets to the next Readers and Writers Festival, boxes of heritage apples, paddle board lessons, a B&B stay, a case of wine. These are just a few teasers – there are approximately 50 items in all!

In the main hall (gym), you will find significant donations from John Graham’s estate, many art contributions from Denman artists and sundry items. Are you in the market for carpets or furniture? Take a look at some beautiful oriental carpets, a bamboo side table and a locally crafted china/ book case. Some other items from the Graham estate include sets of crystal, collectable Christmas ornaments and a “like new” Kuwahara bicycle. Have you been yearning for something special created by one of our local artists? Consider a large, colourful platter for table or wall, a beautifully woven gathering basket, a pair of decorative felted pillows, perhaps a painting or photograph for the focal point in your home. And the list goes on…. There are over 70 items to peruse in the hall.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. in the Denman Activity Centre. Light refreshments will be served between 5 and 8.

The Silent Auction Catalogue can be viewed at: denmanaffordablehousing.org

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