Big auction at the Hill

By Geoff Lee

April 21, 2016 6:00 AM

This is a drone's eye view of the construction progress of the $4.7 million Paradise Hill Community Centre, now 70 per cent complete. A huge community fundraising auction happens Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. at the local arena.

Lloydminster could be a very empty city this Saturday.
That’s because more than 600 people are expected to head out for a huge community auction at the Paradise Hill Arena on April 23 from noon to 7 p.m.
All funds raised will help cover the $4.7 million cost of the Paradise Hill Community Centre that is 70 per cent complete.
The event includes a guided tour of the new facility, a silent and live auction and a beef supper for the whole family.
Organizer Neil Macnab, a PHCC director expects there will be more than 160 silent auction items and 110 live auction items of interest to everyone.
“We do have literally everything from jars of pickles to joints of pipe and concrete delivered,” he said.
“We’ve just got everything under the sun.”
One of the standout live auction items is an Alberta sheep hunt donated by the Selk family of Paradise Hill.
“You stay in a tent and go out on horseback and can get yourself a bighorn sheep,” said Macnab.
Four Paradise Hill businesses have got together to offer a weekend trip to Toronto in May to watch the Blue Jays play baseball.
Macnab noted there is also a terrific 8 ft. by 8 ft. playhouse for kids with a deck and windows and doors.
There is also a Palm Springs home rental and a golf membership at Rolling Greens in Lloydminster up for bids.
The auction is designed and assisted by Kramer Auction Sales Ltd. in North Battleford with the silent auction at 4 p.m. and the live auction at 7 p.m.
“The support has been overwhelming – it’s far exceeded what we were expecting,” said Macnab.
“The phone still rings everyday when people see advertising and they are wanting to help.”
Ironically, the PHCC board debated in the winter whether to hold an auction at this time given the downturn in the economy, but Macnab says it was the right decision in hindsight.
“We made the decision to go ahead because it is our construction year and we only have one construction year,” he explained.
The PHCC will be attached to Paradise Hill School as a shared facility.
A site tour will take place at 3 p.m. as crews work on the interior including the framing of a daycare and drywall.
“It should be a really good tour because the structure is mostly up,” said Macnab.
Construction got underway last August and is expected to wrap up this August in time for the 2016 Summer Bash music fundraiser for PHCC.
The Alabama country band Sawyer Brown will be the main attraction supported by the Edmonton country music trio Hey Romeo and the Edmonton indie group Short of Able.
This Saturday anyone who test drives a Ford from Novlan Bros. Sales at the auction will generate a $20 donation to PHCC from Ford Canada and Novlan where Macnab works in ag sales.
Macnab tips his hat to the many businesses and residents of Lloydminster and surrounding communities for donating auction items.
“It just goes to show there is a lot of support for Paradise Hill and the PHCC itself,” he said.
“It’s a great project in a small town.”
Louis and Linda Desliets of Paradise Hill have recently donated what is the third chunk of farmland for PHCC fundraising through the sale of agriculture products.
The Village of Paradise Hill and Novlan Bros. have made similar donations in past years.
“Between those three chunks of land, we’re farming about 140 acres,” said Macnab.
“We also own about 60 cows on ranches and we pick up the calves in the fall and sell them.”
It’s no surprise the community auction includes a beef supper sponsored by Hair Paradise, Paradise Hill Meat House and Fort Pitt Farms.
Tickets for the feast to be served from 5 to 7 p.m. are just $10 for adults with children 10 and under free.

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