House of Lazarus Live Twilight Auction breaks fundraising record

Seen in image above: Auction: Peter Ross Auctions Services Ltd. donated their time and services to House of Lazarus’ annual Live Twilight Auction Friday, September 7, 2019. Pictured: Peter Ross and Helen Ross (centre) with volunteers. Courtesy photo

MOUNTAIN— The sun was shining, the barbecue was lit, and the auctioneer was at the podium as House of Lazarus (HOL) broke it’s annual fundraiser’s record.

The 2018 Live Twilight Auction was held at the Mountain-based organization Friday, September 7, raising $7,413 for the local food bank and outreach mission. Included in that total is a contribution from RBC Kemptville for $1,000, while the remainder came from auction sales and the Barbecue Chicken Dinner.

Seen in image above: RBC Cheque: RBC Kemptville donated $1,000 to House of Lazarus’ annual Live Twilight Auction fundraiser Friday, September 7. Pictured: RBC employees Amanda Riley (left)and Samantha Rivet-Stevenson with HOL executive director Cathy Ashby and her granddaughter, Katie Ashby. Courtesy photo

“Once again, it’s the generous contributions from our community and the many volunteers who donated their time and energy that made this event such a success,” HOL executive director Cathy Ashby said.

Members from Peter Ross Auction Services Ltd. donated their time and expertise, while members of RBC Kemptville dropped by the mission days ahead of the event to volunteer their time in preparation. As well, several members of the Mountain and District Lions Club were on hand to man the barbecue during the Friday night fundraiser.

Seen in image above: RBC volunteers: Employees and family of RBC Kemptville, Amanda Riley (front row, left), Samantha Friedman, Kate Zolotukhina, Maureen Fournier, HOL employee Tina Zersch, and Samantha Rivet-Stevenson. Back row: Mark Raymond (left), Jagger Embleton-Oliver, Wendy Embleton and HOL employee Jacob Gagnon, donated their time the evening of Tuesday, September 4 in preparation for House of Lazarus’ annual Live Twilight Auction. Pictured:  Courtesy photo

Seen in image above: Mountain Lions: Members of the Mountain and District Lions Club, Ian Bufton (left) and Rob McMenomy, donated their time to man the barbecue at House of Lazarus’ annual Live Twilight Auction Friday, September 7. Courtesy photo

In addition to the items HOL sorters had been storing from the mission’s Drop Off Depot over the past six months, many community members delivered items to House of Lazarus specifically for the auction, including several boxes of collectibles, as well as a specially-made stained glass window.

House of Lazarus is a food bank and outreach mission located in Mountain, serving hundreds of clients from surrounding communities, including all of Dundas County, Grenville County and South Ottawa. Last year, 600 people were fed through HOL’s food bank, while 2,630 people were provided with food, clothing, furniture, and household goods through its outreach programming. A community-supported venture, House of Lazarus does not rely on government funding. It’s through HOL thrift stores, grants, donations, and fundraisers that its projects and programs happen.

For more information on House of Lazarus projects, programs, and events, please visit or follow the mission on Facebook.

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