United Way fundraisers at Don Wheaton
Breakfast, lunch and charity were all combined over the course of two days in the Don Wheaton showroom. The Edmonton-based dealership held its 16th annual Silent Auction and Pancake Breakfast to support various community improvement programs offered by the United Way on Nov. 17 and the inaugural Chili Cook Off on Nov. 23. By all accounts people were able to enjoy their pancakes and chili while having a little fun and learning about programs the United Way is running to help keep kids out of trouble and from living in poverty specifically the Neighbourhood Empowerment Team (NET) and The Family Centre.
As for the silent auction held during the annual pancake breakfast, items up for auction were displayed around the showroom for the two weeks prior to the bidding. Staff members’ donations not only helped the United Way keep doing it’s selfless and important work, but team members also got to go home with flatscreen TVs, gaming consoles and a number of other excellent prizes.
What is the Neighbourhood Empowerment Team?
Katie Wallbaum, a Youth Liaison for the United Way NET, spoke to Don Wheaton staff members during the Chili Cook Off to explain what they are working for. According to Wallbaum, her program is responsible for teaching troubled kids who may be on the bubble how to become automotive technicians.
Winners of the Chili Cook Off
Chili recipes are like snowflakes, no two are the same and there is something beautiful about all of them.
- First Place: Tim Butler (Chili G); Texas Chili
- Second Place: Tim Florek (Chili B); Steak Chili
- Third Place: Fred Nordstrom (Chili H); Hamburger Chili
We would like to recognize and thank Katie and her team for all of their hard work as well as congratulate the winners from the silent auction and chili cook off.