May 26 update: We need a little help. Country superstar BRAD PAISLEY might sign a guitar for our auction. So … we need a Gibson guitar. If you can assist, please email auction co-ordinator NIC GOOD at firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s a number I’ll be using very frequently between now and the early part of November. I’m asking you to join our journey and, if you accept this number, maybe you could get it something comfortable — maybe, one of Grandma’s favourite blankets or pillows.
Because this number, to be absolutely certain, is important.
It’s something that has the wonderful potential changing someone’s path for the good … something that will put them back on the right track after a road bump.
It’s a number we’re pretty proud of, and frankly, I could spill the beans right now. But what fun would that be?
Sure, I’m a newspaper man, a far cry from being one of those Hollywood screenwriters who make their bread and butter by cooking up dramatic endings. We rarely get to have those moments.
But … why not today?
I’m going to hold that number as snug as I can until the very end of this.
No peeking! You can’t scan to the last line of this piece to see it. I’ll call the Peek Police.
Because to fully appreciate and understand our magic number — which, by the way, has six figures — you have to grasp what it represents.
The papers were signed not even three weeks ago. I’m very proud to say Nic Good has agreed to return as auction co-ordinator of the ATCO Edmonton Sun Christmas Charity Auction, which raises money for the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton, Adopt-A-Teen and Catholic Social Services.
I’m going to hang around and be Nic’s sidekick for the three-day online auction in early November.
Together, we’re going to collect as many things as we can to make this year’s auction one of the best.
We’re trying to raise a total of — wait a minute. I almost gave it away.
Sorry. You have to wait another 190 words. And remember, no peeking. I have the Peek Police on speed dial.
We want to have all kinds of stuff, from gift certificates to beer for a year, to one-of-a-kind experiences you can’t buy anywhere.
We were very fortunate last auction to get some incredible experience packages: air traffic controller for the day at the Edmonton International Airport; dinner or eight in Rogers Place in the Edmonton Oilers dressing room; a day with the canine unity with Edmonton Police Services and many more.
We’re going to ask you to send us an email if you would like to donate anything to be auctioned off.
We’d also like to know what kind of things you would like to see in the auction. And finally, we hope you will bid when it goes live.
Because every click made brings us closer to that magical number. And we’re almost there.
So join Nic and I, won’t you, on this journey of love, sharing and caring as we will go everything we can and more to hot the magic number.
Drum roll, please.
Our goal for this year’s ATCO Edmonton Sun Christmas Charity Auction is … $135,000.
Don’t forget that number now: $135,000.