An auction to wrap it all up

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Carrie Kuzik has put in a decade with the charity she started to help find a cure for Diamond Blackfan Anemia, the rare blood disorder that her son, Hunter, has been afflicted with since birth. His bone marrow does not produce enough red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout his body, requiring him to get regular blood transfusions and other treatments.

While the fight continues, she’s closing Hunter’s Fight for a Cure down but not without one last hurrah. On the organization’s website at www.hunterscure.ca, she recently announced her mixed emotions that she is accepting donations for an online auction, the last fundraising act before shutting the lights off.

“We are wrapping up after 10 years. I’m kind of sad about it,” she said. “We are very thankful for all the support we have received from our wonderful community for the last 10 years and we are hoping to finish on a high note.”

The auction will start on its Facebook page (found on the social media site by searching for ‘Hunter’s Fight for a Cure Foundation of Alberta’) on Mon., Nov. 6. Donations are still being accepted. She said that there will be something for everybody and people can even do some Christmas shopping while supporting a great cause.

Funds raised will help to support the research and resources of the Hematology Program at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. Hunter’s Fight also purchases items for the Child Life Program at the Stollery. In 10 years, the charity has gifted approximately $100,000 to the Hematology Program and purchased more than $10,000 for the Child Life Program.

Brekkie with the Giz

The St. Albert Housing Society will host its eighth annual HomeStyle Breakfast Benefit next month and a special guest will be there to chow down too.

Former Edmonton football star Henry ‘Gizmo’ Williams is set to be the guest speaker during the event. John Farlinger will act as the host.

The breakfast fundraiser starts at 7 a.m. on Tues., Nov. 14 at the St. Albert Curling Club. Tickets start at $45 each. Call 780-544-2205 or visit www.stalberthousing.com for more information.

Kaleo’s fun time

If you’re a mom and need a place where the kids can play while you hang out with other moms then Kaleo has just the thing.

Kaleo Play runs every Monday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. at Next Christian Community, 140 St Albert Trail. This coming Monday, moms and their kids are encouraged to dress up for a special event with a morning of colouring, dancing and singing, along with a surprise appearance from a royal member of Enchanted Princess Parties. Visit www.experiencekaleo.com for more.

Other events

The St. Albert Seniors Association (SASA) has lined up next Saturday for its Red Willow Christmas Market. More than 50 local artisans will offer their wares to seasonal shoppers. There will also be a gourmet hot chocolate bar, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, gingerbread decorating for the kids and even a gingerbread-themed lunch put on by Chef Kas.

All proceeds will go to the organization. Admission is free. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 4. SASA is located at 7 Taché St. Visit www.stalbertseniors.ca for more information.

The Friends of the Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival Society will host its Butterfly Breakfast Fundraiser from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15. It will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton, located at 16615 109 Ave. in Edmonton.

The society supports the production and presentation of the festival. Tickets to the event are free. Email naicf.friends@gmail.com to learn more.

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Scott Hayes

Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns and profiles on people.