A fundraising dinner and live auctions will be held on 17th September by Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The auctions will be selling restored antique furniture, including antique dining chairs and tables. The fund raiser will be celebrating 30 years of the Parker Street Furniture Bank.
The long serving director of the non-profit organisation is Mel Boutilier, aged 85, who is recovering after hip replacement surgery. Board member Humphrey Longard believes that the day to day running of the facility should be dealt with by an operations manager, while Mel concentrates on future plans and projects for the food and furniture bank.
The organisation was started in the basement of a church, before moving to a garage big enough for one car. In addition to providing food, furniture and other help to people in need, the organisation has a training centre partnered with the local community college to help people learn new trades and skills. The facility also refinishes furniture – some of it antique – for sale at auction.
Around 250 families are helped by the food bank every week, with over 4,300 furniture items given away. Colin MacDonald will be the guest speaker to accompany the charity furniture auction. Although the event is held each year, 2013 is the 30th birthday of Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank, and the organisation will be celebrating with even more people than usual to raise money. It is as yet unknown which items at the auction will draw the most bidders.
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