Hockey memorabilia, good food and wine and a tech bungle are some of the first items to be auctioned in a new “All In Ontario Challenge” – a digital fundraising program to help revitalize and rebuild local communities through the COVID-19 pandemic, organized by a partnership between Bruce Power, the Nuclear Innovation Institute and NPX Innovation.
The “All In Ontario Challenge”, accessible through the partnership’s Grey*Bruce*Huron Strong initiative by clicking on https://www.gbhstrong.com/all-in-ontario-challenge, encourages businesses, organizations and individuals to donate an item or experience and then challenge others to donate.
Each prize will be auctioned off and winners will be announced when the auction is complete.
The United Way of Bruce Grey, and the United Way of Huron Perth will share half of funds raised from the “All In Ontario Challenge.” The United Way Grey Bruce will accept applications from other charitable organizations, which will receive the remaining 50 per cent of the Challenge’s proceeds.
These funds will support initiatives in Grey, Bruce and Huron counties that impact: relief from poverty, advancement of education and other charitable endeavours that benefit communities.
“Our front-line leaders are responsible for making the “All In Ontario Challenge” happen,” said John Peevers, Bruce Power’s Director, Communications and Media Relations.
“Their passion is making a difference for local businesses and charities,” Peevers said in a July 6 news release.
Among the initial items put up for auction are an autographed NHL merchandise package donated by forward Robert Thomas of the current Stanley Cup-champion St. Louis Blues, a dinner-and-wine pairing for eight donated by Rosina Restaurant in Port Elgin, a tech enthusiast bundle donated by NPX Innovation, and two packages at Cobble Beach Golf Resort with club professional Warren Thomas that is being donated by Bruce Power.
Bruce Power’s Operations Manager at Bruce A, Tracy Primeau, is one of the front-line leaders for the “All In Ontario Challenge.”
As a lifelong volunteer involved with many local organizations, Primeau said she was concerned about the groups that may not survive the pandemic due to the loss of major fundraising opportunities.
“This is one way we can support these organizations that are so beneficial to our community, and ensure they will still be there for us when the province and country reopen again.”