Charity auction raises $78K for Children’s Treatment Center

Tony Lacroix from Love Love Food explains his cake masterpieces at the podium during the Children's Treatment Center Charity Auction and Dinner in Cornwall, Ont. Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Lacroix's creations raised $2,975 and the entire night generated $78,000 for the CTC. Also shown, from left, are announcers Bill Halman and Dan Allaire and auctioneer Peter Ross. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – The call of the auctioneer filled a conference room at the Best Western Cornwall Friday night raising funds for the Children’s Treatment Center.

In the end, $78,000 was raised for the center.

It was a full house for the Charity Auction and Dinner in support of the Children’s Treatment Center.

The night featured 44 silent auction items but the real excitement happened later in the evening as auctioneer Peter Ross started the bidding on over 50 items.

The live auction opened with a donation from Tony Lacroix from Love Love Food – five decadent cakes that went for a total of $2,975. The cake bringing in the highest bid was a double chocolate Dulce de leche masterpiece for $950.

The other highlights of the night were two trip packages to St. Louis, Mo. for a baseball game, accommodations and spending money. Each package went for $3,000. There was also a diamond pendant sold for $900 and a $1,000 Via Rail travel voucher that went off the auction block for $950.

Other items during the night included hockey tickets, hockey jerseys, Quebec weekend getaways, tires, food and wine.

All the money from the auctions and donations during the night are used to fund the center which treats children suffering from mental, physical and sexual abuse.

Baxtrom’s Your Independent Grocer made a donation for $10,000 and Scotiabank also made a donation for $5,000.

Notably absent this year – though recognized by emcee and CTC President Don Fairweather – were CTC committee chairman Jim Brownell and honorary chairman Sean Adams. Brownell is recovering from hip surgery after a fall. Adams was also recovering from hip surgery.