Leuty flag fundraiser exceeds expectations

Erwin Buck’s design of a Leuty lifeguard station nativity scene is one of 25 flags on Leuty Avenue being sold to raise funds for the Daily Bread Food Bank. The flags have raised over $4,000 so far.

Michelynn Laflèche and her partner, Benedict Hilliard, celebrated the Advent season with friends and neighbours by hoisting a series of 25 uniquely-designed flags along Leuty Avenue and the surrounding neighbourhood (Raising the flag for a good cause). The plan was to open the flags to public bidding and donate the money to the Daily Bread Food Bank.

Laflèche and Hilliard also obtained team donations from Mastermind Toys and Envy Eyewear, and local business sponsors, including Shoppers Drug Mart, Little Kickers, Home Hardware, Chocolate by Wickerhead, and Remarkable Bean which contributed to the fundraising efforts.

“We continue to push and encourage bidding,” said Laflèche in a recent email. “It is just over $4,000 so far. We really hope to raise $5,000.”

Bidding is open until Jan. 15, so you still have a chance to purchase a flag, or sponsor one of the artists. Many of the flags are still on display, and you can find out how to bid by visiting the website at www.dailyflagfordailybread.wordpress.com.

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The online auction is ending on Sunday, January 15th at 23:59 — 2 Days, 8 hrs, 48 mins, — so please hurry to http://dailyflagfordailybread.wordpress.com/home/how-to-place-a-bid/ to get your bids in on some spectacular flags before it’s too late. Definitely your chance to get a bargain on several established artists’ work that would typically sell for more than the current bids. But if you don’t care to bid but would prefer to make a donation, you can go here to do so: http://dailyflagfordailybread.wordpress.com/home/how-to-donate/

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