July 31, 2014 by STAFF REPORT
Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers recently teamed up with the Brandt Group of Companies and other sponsors to raise more than $1 million for Saskatchewan charities.
“A Night to Remember” on July 18 consisted of an auction, dinner and musical performances by Blue Rodeo and George Canyon. From $1 million raised, the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan received more than $962,000 and $100,000 went to Football Saskatchewan.
“We have a large complement of employees who live and work in Saskatchewan, as well as thousands of customers, so we are very appreciative to be able to support one of the many causes important to Saskatchewan residents,” said Kevin Tink, Ritchie Bros. Senior vice-president and auctioneer for the event.
Ritchie Bros. organized the auction portion of the event, which included a luxury fishing trip vacation to Warm Springs Resort at Stuart Island, B.C. donated by DER Resorts. The eight-person fishing trip sold for a $100,000.
The auction also included a custom Saskatchewan Roughriders themed 1968 Shelby GT500 Mustang convertible signed live by Roughriders’ alumni George Reed, Roger Aldag, Gene Makowsky and Chris Getzlaf. The Mustang, which sold for $200,000, commemorates the four Saskatchewan Roughriders Grey Cup championship teams.
“We’re so thankful to Brandt and all the sponsors who made this event possible, and we’re humbled by the generosity of those who stepped up to create such an incredible event,” said Joanne Bracken, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan. “Efforts like this make a huge difference to provide hope for a cure and to provide necessary support for those currently living with the disease.”