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Benefit supper an overwhelming success


It was an awesome evening last Friday at the Barwick Hall as communities blended together for a benefit spaghetti supper and auction is support of Metta and Richard Visser.

Some 400 plus came out on a mild evening to help the couple defray some of their growing medical expenses.

Bidders on donated articles that came from as far as Dryden was overwhelming and much appreciated. And the penny table attracted scores of interested individuals looking over items.

“To these kind of projects, my service is free,” noted auctioneer Rod Salchert. “I enjoy participating and making it work.”

I noticed George Oltsher wanted an article but would not go any higher than the price he figured was reasonable—not knowing his wife, Heather, kept up the bid right to $300.

Scott McLeod at John Deere donated a collector’s tractor item, which went for $125. Mel Jack’s clock carved into oak wood fetched $325. And two businesses’ signs were auctioned for $1,000 and $400 respectively.

The catch was the owners matched the bidders’ price.

These biddings went on for about a couple of hours or more. It was wonderful to see people had opened up their purses generously. I would say giving from their hearts—knowing that Metta Visser is still having difficulties.

I had talked to Metta the day before. She smiled and was talkative but she did say “it [was] beginning to get tiresome and frustrating.”

Metta and husband, Richard, still make three trips a week to Thunder Bay for dialysis treatments.

Percy Champagne emceed the program. He welcomed everyone and extended to all to have a fun night, commenting on how well the volunteers had come together and did a successful job organizing the event.

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