The online auction closed on Saturday at 9pm.....it was a nail biter! Right up until the very end with only seconds on the clock
we had two bidders battling it out! Very excited to announce we raised $18,570.00!
Congratulations to all the successful bidders and a special thank you to everyone who
participated in the auction and enjoyed the benches while they were displayed in the community.
The project is coming to a close and we have so many people to thank!
- Weather-Wise Cedar Products for donating the materials to build the benches.
- Kim Burden for creating the demo bench that started it all!
- Ballenas Secondary School grade 11 and 12 woodworking students
- 30 Amazing and talented Artists
- Humanity in Art - Demo bench creators
- Terminal Auto Body in Parksville
- Cloverdale Paint
- Painter: Christina Morrison
- All the volunteers who picked up and delivered benches...several times! (Jeff, Jeannie, Adina, Charmaie, Brian, Dave, Bradd, Bryn, Olivia)
- Our volunteer judges
- City of Parksville
- Town of Qualicum Beach
- Lighthouse Country Business Association
- Committee members: Anne Collins, Illana Hester, Jennifer Bate
- Photographer and Videographer: Andrew Collins
- Local media who helped to promote the project: PQB News and Island Radio
And of course our very generous sponsors:
Black and White Event Rentals
Harris Oceanside Chevrolet Buick GMC
Kevin Clayton, Royal LePage
Mid Island Co-op
Peter and Sharon Jorgensen
RBC Qualicum Beach
Robbins & Company
Vivien Sears, RE/MAX First Realty
Oceanside Benchmark has taken on a life of it's own, and we would like to personally thank all those who helped with the project, those who inspired us everyday to focus on our goal 'to encourage community connection, creativity and collaboration'.Thank you to those who participated in the auction and those who will have the pleasure of seeing the benches displayed in their homes and in their busineses as a reminder of how the Oceanside community came together to create this project and make it a success.
Here's to next year!