Last night’s Prince George Live!, presented by the Prince George Community Foundation and its partners, was an overwhelming success raising more than $55,000.
The event was designed to bring the community together with local music, art, comedy, dance, mixology, and more, all while raising funds for the foundation. Viewers of the online show were able to make donations by phone or online, as well as through an online silent auction which remains live until 7 p.m. tonight; donations are still welcome beyond the closing of the silent auction.
The online silent auction will conclude at 7 p.m. tonight and features a number of items from local businesses, as well as a custom original painting by Emily Holmes Artwork. The original painting is the premier item on the auction – those interested in bidding on the piece of art have until the auction closes tonight. During final hours of the auction, donation portals remain open and the final fundraising totals for the event will be released later this week.
“We couldn’t be any more grateful for the support the community has shown for us with our initiative, Prince George Live!,” said Mindy Stroet, Director of Development for the Prince George Community Foundation, Mindy Stroet. “When we began planning this even, it was important for us to find a way to not just raise money but provide something back to the community at the same time. On behalf of the foundation, I would like to thank all of the partners, sponsors, entertainers, and viewers who helped make our event the prodigious success that it was. The funds we raised will have a tremendous impact through a variety of initiatives primarily rooted through our Greatest Need fund.”
Surpassing the goal of $50,000 was largely made possible due to a number of factors. On top of the countless donations pouring in online and over the telephones, Jim and Noreen Rustad provided a $25,000 matching donation, as well as there was a $15,000 anonymous donation. The Community Foundation would like to recognize the thousands of people watching the live broadcast over a number of different platforms.
“Prince George Live! was designed to bring our community together; and I think we were successful in that,” said Kyle Sampson, event manager/producer. “We worked to bring in some of the best talent in Prince George. Of course, getting all of the talented folks in our community was going to be impossible in a 90-minute time slot, we did try to pull together a wide variety of entertainment so that we could be of interest of a wider segment range of viewers. From dancers, musicians, a comedian, mixologist, to even a live artist, it was our goal to showcase how well rounded our communities performing arts can be; as well as to give these folks a chance to show off their talents for the first time in almost a year.”
If you would like to make a donation, it is not too late! Donations will be accepted all day today by telephone at 250-562-7772, online at www.PGCF.ca, and the Silent Auction remains open until 7 p.m. tonight (Monday March 1).