Masstown Market and The Bald Boys at Inglis Jewellers are hosting a diamond anniversary party in support of the local organization’s 60th anniversary.
“Lots of folks have come together to make this happen for us,” said United Way interim executive director Terry Hearn.
She said the fundraiser is a “huge” support for the organization’s annual workplace campaign, co-chaired this year by Paul Clark and Greg Johnston (The Bald Boys).
During tonight’s (Oct. 24) event, more than $100,000 in jewellery will be auctioned from 7 to 10 p.m. at the new Peg Centre at Masstown Market’s Captain Cob Corn Maze.
The co-chairs are providing 80 pieces of jewellery – diamonds and gems - for auction, with starting bids at below cost and a portion of each sale donated to the United Way.
Clark said there were obvious reasons why Inglis Jewellers wanted to participate.
“The community is so good to us. I feel, and Greg feels, it’s our obligation to give back,” he said.
“There are a lot of people who have stepped up,” added Johnston.
Dave Williamson, Inglis Jewellers brand manager and one of the event co-ordinators, told the Truro Daily News 100 tickets had been sold by Friday afternoon.
“It’s an opportunity for people to have fun with jewellery … and we are building awareness (for the United Way), so it’s already a success,” Williamson said.
Laurie Jennings, owner of Masstown Market, said the event is a great concept because it combines charity and having fun.
“If the end result is raising money for a good cause and we did it by having fun, that’s great and it’s a whole lot easier than just writing a cheque,” Jennings said.
Tickets cost $30 per person or $50 per couple, All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated directly to the United Way. A limited number of tickets are available from Inglis Jewellers, 66 Inglis Place, Truro.