Up is down, left is right, cats and dogs might as well be living together, but the one thing you'd think could stay on track this year is our annual #Dominicstrong online auction.
And yes. Yes it will*
We debated not running an auction. With so many people out of work, businesses shut down and all the other implications of COVID-19, the resources available for fundraising are depleted at every angle.
Other charities have turned to online auctions, to the point we're concerned ours will get lost in the maelstrom. Heck, the Alberta Children's Hospital, which our auction benefits via Extra Life, is running one right now that ends Aug. 21 (check it out here).
But we also know the flipside - families who in normal times would be going through hell dealing with a critical illness are now dealing with so much more. They deserve all of our support. They need it.
And so, our auction will run Friday, Sept. 25 to Sunday, Sept. 27 on the #Dominicstrong Facebook page. This post is the official call for donations. If you or someone you know would like to help the auction, we'd love to hear from you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or message Sean on Facebook or Twitter if you follow him on those platforms.
We are so thankful to announce the first item in this year's auction already. It's from Natalie Long, whose word art has adorned some of the most memorable items in years past. This cozy blanket has the word art embroidered in a corner.
In previous years we've seen the auction balloon to more than 120 items. We don't think that will happen this year, and that's fine. Similarly, the $10,000 goal we've managed to hit in recent years is simply not realistic. Whatever we raise, it will help. That will be the goal, not to get bogged down in the numbers.
With no local baseball season, Superhero Night won't happen. We similarly have no expectation of holding a mini-golf tournament. So besides this, the only thing we're doing is the main Extra Life gaming marathon in early November. It's crazy to think it'll be five years since Dominic died in September, but we'll keep forging on. It's what you do.