Through participating in Bids for Benefits locally, Hope was able to raise $690 for the Tillicum Centre during the past 12 months. Submitted

Hope raises almost $700 for Tillicum Centre

By purchasing art on display locally, community raised $690 for the adult centre

Maybe you were standing in line at the grocery store, or perhaps you had just finished up 10 frames at Hope Bowling when your attention was captured by a painting you’d never seen before. Walking up to it, you learn its a silent auction, and the picture can be yours for a minimum bid. But even better, you learn, buying the picture helps out Hope.

The company is called Bids for Benefit, and they sell artwork to raise money for local, grassroots organizations. And for the past 12 months, they’ve been hosting a new silent auction every two weeks in Hope’s Sunshine Lanes to raise money for the Tillicum Centre.

READ MORE: Fundraiser for the Tillicum Centre

And last week they were able to hand over the first cheque, valued at $690. “It’s an on-going thing, though,” added Cranfield, as the silent auctions will continue another substantial chunk has been raised.

“It’s really so great,” commented Brigitte Canfield, of Bids for Benefit. “You get something you want and you’re helping something local.”

The auctions start with a minimum bid, and 100 per cent of the money received above that minimum bid is donated to the charity.

“But even if we only get the minimum,” Canfield said, “we still donate 10 per cent to the charity.”

READ MORE: A day in the life at Tillicum

Tillicum Centre, part of the Hope Association for Community Living, is a day program for physically and/or developmentally challenged adults in the Hope and surrounding area offering life-skills training, community outreach, and educational, social, and recreational activities.

For more information about Tillicum, call 604-869-2625.

For more information about Bids for Benefit, visit their website at

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