BY BILL PHILLIPS
When you win the Hospice House Dream Home on December 1 you’re going to have to furnish it.
Why not just keep the furniture that’s there now? Even if you don’t win the home, (which, of course, is unlikely unless you don’t have a ticket yet) you can furnish whatever home you’re in after December 1, with the lovely furnishings in the Hospice House Dream Home, provided by Ashley Homestore.
Ashley’s is auctioning the items off on its Facebook page, with all the proceeds of the auction going to Hospice.
Sangeeta Kandola Low, owner of Ashley Homestore, says the fundraising auction is a way for the store to give back.
“The community has been supporting my family business for more than 41 years so it’s important to show that support and gratitude back,” she says. “We’re lucky to have a hospice house here. We’re happy to do it. It’s a great cause.”
The auction is held through the Ashley Homestore Facebook page. There is an album with photos of the 33 items up for auction including a Zienfield dining room table with chairs, an Arietta sofa, a Tamilo upholstered bench, chairs, benches, artwork and much more.
To bid on the item, simply add a comment to the photo with your bid. There are starting bids for the items and bidders are encouraged to increase the existing bid by at least $5.
“We made the price-points very achievable so it can be accessible for everyone to bid,” she said. “It’s super exciting.”
The bids will start to close at 9 a.m. on November 28. The highest bid at the time will be the winner of that item.
For Prince George Hospice the auction is a new wrinkle on the Hospice Dream House Draw.
“It’s such a big deal,” says Sanja Knezevic of Hospice. “We’ve never had somebody donate the furniture to us and then auction it off and donate the proceeds back to hospice. We’re really excited about that.”
And, if you haven’t purchased a ticket on the Hospice House Dream Home, it’s officially the last minute. The draw is on December 1 and there are about 3,000 tickets left to sell.
“We’re really trying to reach out to the community and ask them to help us sell out,” she says. “It is our biggest fundraiser of the year.”
The grand prize is a $570,000 house on Larisa Court in the Nechako View subdivision.