Pictou County generosity shines through

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Fishing rods, solar lights, a carved slate yard marker, framed 30 x 32 inch Josh Donaldson print, handmade wooden table, paintings, prints, golf package, handmade baskets overflowing with goodies and gift certificates for everything from food to fuel…

Organizers of an auction planned for tonight are overwhelmed with the generosity of local business and individuals who have donated items and services to the live auction fundraiser being held at Fat Tony’s Bar and Grill in Pictou.

Sharon Stewart is among those individuals who have been collecting these items and more for about a month; the goods and services will be auctioned off in support of Team Paul which is raising money for the Light the Night Walk in support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Sharon estimates that come Thursday night, there will be approximately $3,000 or more in generously donated items that will find new homes with the highest bidders.

She is among the 15 members of Team Paul raising funds for the walk. Her team is named in honour of her brother, Paul, who passed away from blood cancer several years ago. They are holding the auction, and participating in the walk, in his memory.

“It’s simply amazing,” Sharon said as she surveyed the massive amount of items that came in for the auction. Glancing at items on master list she shakes her head in disbelief as she checks off donors. “Bubba Ray’s Sports Bar, Pictou Fishing Supplies, The Kilted Chef Alain Bosse, Logans’s Fish Market, MacGillivray Fuels, Halifax Mooseheads, Weeks Crushers, Bobby Collins, Abercombie Country Club, Pictou Marina …”

Johnny Stewart, Sharon’s husband who is also a member of Team Paul beamed, “Tony (Dolan) is donating the space in his bar and the auction will take place on the stage.”

Auctioneer will be Michael Petter and the auction begins at 7 p.m.

While Team Paul members are amazed at and humbled by all of the items that have been generously donated, they are particularly excited about a slate yard marker carved by Pictou’s own Bobby Collins.

“He told me how many hours it took to carve,” praised Johnny.

“We just want people to come out and support us,” said Sharon Stewart – both at the auction on Thursday and at the Walk taking place next month.

“I’m proud to be doing this for my brother. That’s it,” Sharon said and Johnny echoed, “We’re doing it for Paul.”

The Light the Night Walk to end blood cancer will be held September 15 at the deCoste Performing Arts Centre getting underway at 6 p.m. To register a team call 902-422-5999. Kitchen Criminals will entertain at the walk.

Johnny Stewart, pictured, and the rest of Team Paul are overwhelmed with the generosity exhibited by businesses and individuals from the community and beyond who have donated items to an auction for Team Paul. Fat Tony’s Bar and Grill has donated the space and stage at the Pictou eatery for the auction to take place Thursday at 7 p.m. All funds raised go to Team Paul for the Light the Night Walk taking place September 15 at the deCoste Performing Arts Cntre. (Jardine photo)