Twenty-one bears were purchased for $200 each by a number of local businesses in support of the “Bear Wear Silent Auction” that afternoon. Those businesses then dressed their bears up in unique outfits, and generously donated several items to be included with each, so that they could be auctioned off to the highest bidder on Sunday afternoon to raise money for the lift.
“We’re ecstatic with the support we’re getting from the community,” said Paul Gevatkoff, president of the Bear Mountain Ski Club. “Twenty-one businesses stepped up and did a great job decorating them (the teddy bears).”
Bids were coming in fast and furious as there many great packages to bid on, including an X-Box 360 Kinect, an optometry package, lingerie and much more. The teddy bears themselves were also judged for best costume by the patrons who came to bid on them.
Parents were encouraged to bring their children to the ski hill that afternoon as the event also included a visit from Santa Claus, and a few activities such as making gingerbread houses.
The fundraiser brings the ski club to within $100,000 of the cost of installing a tee-bar lift on the hill. Gevatkoff said while they still have a lot of work to do, he is confident based on the community’s continued support that they will have the lift installed by next summer.
He said another example of that outstanding support is the latest fundraiser put on by the management at Brown’s Social House. The restaurant has partnered with the South Peace Oilmen’s Association to purchase 500 toques that will be sold at the restaurant for $15 each, with all proceeds going to the ski lift fund.
“It’s a grey toque with a black rim around it, and it has the Browns Social House logo on the one side and the South Peace Oilmens’ logo on the other. It’s a pretty classy, nice-looking toque,” said Darcy Dober, co-owner of the restaurant.
He added that included with the purchase of a toque is a coupon worth $15 for the restaurant that is valid until March.
Dober said they were looking for a way to give back to the community and they thought the ski lift was a great project to support. He said they’ve sold about 150 toques so far, and they hope to sell the rest by Christmas.
Browns Social House is located off of Alaska Avenue in the Track Side Plaza commercial development near the intersection with 11 Street.