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Virtual auctions raises over $33,000 in Richmond Christmas Fund fundraiser

Proceeds from the Richmond Christmas Fund auctions will go to nearly 3,000 Richmond residents this year.
Richmond Christmas Fund Committee
Members of the Richmond Christmas Fund Committee preparing to distribute donations to Richmond residents after two successful virtual auctions. From left to right: Rick Duff, Alvin Chow, publisher of the Richmond News; Eda Koot, with Pacific Gateway Hotel; Christine Brodie, city representative; Charmaine Ponnambalam, board of director member with RCRG; Ed Gavsie, president of RCRG and Michael Chiu, co-chair of Richmond Christmas Fund.

Organizers of the Richmond Christmas Fund were more than delighted to know they had surpassed their goal in this year’s virtual auction fundraisers.

The Richmond Christmas Fund’s annual “Not So Silent Night,” dubbed this year as “A Not So Isolated Night 2020,” raised a combined total of $35,775 in their first virtual auctions.

This exceeded the organizers’ goal of $30,000.

Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG) – which operates the Christmas Fund program – raised $17,670 from the public and $18,105 from the private auctions.

All the proceeds from the auctions were used to purchase grocery vouchers, toys, books and gift cards that will be distributed to nearly 3,000 Richmond residents in need.

Ed Gavsie, president of RCRG, said the support from the Richmond community continues to amaze them this year when “many are suffering financially” in many ways.

“From the businesses and individuals who donated auction items to all of those who took part the response was outstanding,” said Gavsie.

“Community is like a family and that is no more evident than in ensuring Richmond’s most needy can celebrate in the spirit of Christmas this year.”

More than 120 items, such as electronics, appliances and more, were available for bidding at the public auction.