On June 6, 2008, the agents at Halifax’s Royal LePage Atlantic helped relive the 1960’s and, in doing so, they also helped to raise close to $90,000 for Phoenix Youth Programs.
“Celebrity Dreamscape: Camelot to Woodstock” was a charity event that celebrated the 1960’s – the decade where youth found a voice. The evening was filled with entertainment, food, wine and both a silent and live auction.
The Sales Associates of Royal LePage raised $10,000, which allowed them to be a major sponsor of the event. Jean Crofts, a sales representative with Royal LePage Atlantic, has been part of the Shelter Auction for the 12 of the past 13 years. “It used to be a smaller event, a cheese and wine reception, with 200 or so attending and raised on average $17,000 per year,” said Crofts. “This year it was taken to a new level in that it was incorporated into a gala event which Phoenix holds every year.”
The silent auction consisted of approximately 50 pieces and the live auction was made up of 12 unique items including; paintings from local artists, interactive cooking lessons, specialty wines, Air Canada and Via Rail tickets. Through the generosity of long time donors and the supporters of the organization who bid generously, the auction raised approximately $36,000.
“The total amount raised was close to $90,000 and a trifle short of our target which was $100,000,” added Crofts. “I have taken on the task of chairing the entire event next year…and following the event I had many colleagues wanting to be involved in some way. So our goals are set high.”
Phoenix Youth Programs is a non-profit, community based organization located in Halifax, offering at-risk and homeless youth, ages 16 – 24, the opportunity to break the cycle of homelessness and find a path from the street. For 25 years, Phoenix Youth Programs have developed an extensive variety of programs and services that address the individual needs of each client.