Another fun weekend has passed in Inuvik, including dinner with a dozen new friends on Friday evening, followed by a fundraising event at the Midnight Sun Complex on Saturday called "A Night in Paris". It's hard to believe I've been here a month already. Time is flying so fast, it's terrifying.
There is no shortage of fundraisers in town, and lots of ways to spend your money. This particular event was set up to raise money for the Grade 5 and 6 French Immersion class's trip to Montreal. It was a good excuse to get dressed up, which I didn't think I would get to do much up here.
In addition to a delicious meal and live music...
...a big part of the evening was the auction (both silent and live) and a number of draws for items such as a diamond necklace, a 55-inch TV, and a beautiful pair of mukluks.
From the Unique to the Delicious to the Creepy
Below are some of the more unique items that were up for auction.
A gift certificate for 500 pounds of freight shipping from a local transport company.
Two hours of loader time from a local logistics company. You don't see that at your average auction down south!
And... a chainsaw.
The auctioneer did a great job, especially selling off the cakes that were donated to the event. The highest bid was $1,000 for one cake. As impressive as that was, it didn't come close to last year's highest bid of $2,000!
And on the creepy end of the spectrum, some Anne Geddes babies sold for $105. *shudder*
However, I did have my eyes on these beautiful sealskin mitts in the silent auction, with warm sheep's wool lining. They fit me perfectly. Like a glove, to be precise.
I kept going back and checking the bids, and giving the evil eye to anyone who came near the paper. But then they put the item on live auction, which created a lot more interest! In the end, it came down to me and one other girl. When we got above $300, I bowed out. I'm still heart-broken.