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Taber Charity Auction sees big departures

Posted on April 13, 2022 by Taber Times
TIMES PHOTO BY KENYON STRONSKI

By Kenyon Stronski
Taber Times
reporter@tabertimes.com

The Taber Charity Auction has been running for a number of years, getting bigger and better year by year. However, after years of running and service to the charity auction, there are several people retiring from the fundraiser.

“We were involved in starting it with another friend of ours, Dan Kerkhoff, who passed away about 18 years ago from cancer — him, I, Bob (Miyanaga) and Deb (French). We’ve had numerous people throughout the years but us three, we haven’t missed one. Mine and Deb’s son was in a bad accident and flew by STARS. Dan had a deal going with a racquetball tournament and he had all kinds of prizes. He thought, well, why don’t we have some fun, auction off the extra prizes and give the money to STARS, so that’s kind of how it started and then every year it seemed to grow a little bit more,” said Jack French.

There are also some new people stepping in to take the reins, adding to the longevity of the auction.

“We’ve got new guys to help around here, like Jared Bell and Mitch Holst. They’ve stepped in and taken it over, so we thought we did enough mixing up in this town and we donated quite a bit to STARS, and if we saved one life or whatever because of what we were doing, we’re happy,” said Miyanaga.

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