The 2022 Auction for Athletes was the most successful year yet, raising $245,000 for Special Olympics BC and the New Car Dealers Foundation of BC.
Running from March 31 to April 5, the online auction was steered to success by New Car Dealers and supporters, who donated 290 auction prizes, made cash pledges, solicited donations, and bid on items.
“The 2022 Auction for Athletes was a tremendous success and shows yet again that even during challenging times, our industry comes together to make an important difference – raising a record amount,” said Blair Qualey, President and CEO, New Car Dealers Association of BC. “This support will make such a huge difference for Special Olympics athletes – thanks to all our amazing sponsors and everyone who placed bids. B.C.’s New Car Dealers are making a difference to help rebuild Special Olympics BC's year-round and in-person sport programs for these amazing athletes while also providing important grants and scholarships for students wanting to improve their skills through car careers grants.”
Now in its 35th year, the auction has raised more than $5.6 million to support the life-changing work of Special Olympics BC and the New Car Dealers Foundation of BC.
“Special Olympics is important because it keeps people fit and active. It has benefitted me to be in a group more, and be more valued," SOBC – Smithers athlete Torben Schuffert said.
This year’s Auction for Athletes mattered more than ever.
The pandemic has had a long-lasting, far-reaching impact on athletes with intellectual disabilities, who were already far too familiar with the pain of isolation.
Funds raised will help reopen Special Olympics BC's sport programs that create empowering connections, open hearts and minds to inclusion, and break down barriers.
For Special Olympics BC – Kimberley/Cranbrook athlete Kendall Salanski, getting back into in-person programs gave her “great confidence of getting back into shape.”
“I felt very excited inside to see the group of athletes again!” she said.
Big thanks to everyone who supported the Auction for Athletes – you are helping reuniting friends on the fields of play!
"During the pandemic … it was very, very tough. Some of those months were very, very bleak,” SOBC – Vancouver athlete Daniel Thomas said. “But when programs came back, being able to do that meant the world to me, and meant very much, very similar to fellow athletes I know, because Special O is such an intrinsic part of our lives that when we don’t have it, it really deeply affects us. So every day that I’m able to go to the gym or I’m able to go to the curling rink, I’m so thankful that I’m able to do that.”
We are very grateful to Silent Auction Sponsor First Canadian Financial Group; Vehicle Donors BC Honda Dealers Association and BC Toyota Dealers; $10,000 Sponsors BC Subaru DAA, Chevrolet Buick GMC Dealers of BC, and Mazda Canada Inc.; $5000+ Sponsors Bannister Automotive Group, Harmony Honda, Jim Pattison Auto Group, and Park Shore BMW; and Media Sponsors The Province and Vancouver Sun.
Heartfelt thanks to the dedicated members of the auction organizing committee. Every year they give countless hours of thoughtful and compassionate work to make this event a success.
- Manse Binkley, Harmony Honda and Harmony Acura
- Marnie Carter, Carter Auto Family
- David Jukes, First Canadian Financial Group
- Pamela Keith, Dueck Auto Group
- Bill Mitchell, Carter Auto Family
- Brad Osterman, Kia Victoria
- Blair Qualey, New Car Dealers Association
Special Olympics BC and the New Car Dealers Foundation of BC extend sincere thanks to everyone who supported the 2022 auction and look forward to another exciting event in 2023. To get involved, please contact Meg Ishida, Fund Development Coordinator (Events), at email@example.com.
Silent Auction Sponsor
First Canadian Financial Group
BC Honda Dealers Association
BC Toyota Dealers
BC Subaru DAA
Chevrolet Buick GMC Dealers of BC
Mazda Canada Inc.
Bannister Automotive Group
Jim Pattison Group
Park Shore BMW
$2,000 - $3,000 Sponsors
Auto West Group
Color Compass Corporation
Dueck Auto Group
W.P.J. McCarthy and Company
Doak Shirreff Lawyers LLP
Go North Surrey
Greg Gardner Motors
MCL McGill Carriers
Richmond Auto Mall
$1,000+ Item Donors
Alaska Highway News
Allwest Insurance Services Ltd.
Applewood Auto Group
Big White Ski Resort
Carter Auto Family
Downtown Marina Kelowna
Dueck Auto Group
Glacier Media Group
Honda Canada Inc.
HUB International Insurance Brokers Burnaby
Jim Pattison Broadcast Group
Michael Mason & Co. Ltd.
Michelin North America (Canada) Inc.
Sparkling Hill Resort
TerraMotus Solutions Inc.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Baker Tilly WM LLP
Barnes Wheaton GM South Surrey
Brian McLean Chevrolet
Downtown Tyee Chevrolet Buick
Laird Wheaton GM