The Stockmen's Memorial Foundation's annual dinner and auction is still a go this year, but it's going to look a little different.
Scott Grattidge, Executive Director of the Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation says you'll still get a great meal, the opportunity to bid on some great auction items while supporting the foundation, but you'll be in the comfort of your own home.
"In previous years we usually have a big dinner and auction up here at the RancheHouse and everybody can get together, but obviously we can't do that this year so we've changed it up and tried to keep the western theme. So we're having to-go meals, so you still get a great gourmet beef dinner from Gourmet to Go."
He says this event is one of their biggest fundraisers each year.
"In past years we've usually raised anywhere between $25,000 and $50,000 during our dinner and auction. It is our major fundraiser for the year. This year, we decided that we wanted to go ahead and see if we could raise some money, but we didn't have any concrete number figures."
There will be a large array of items available in the auction from western art, clothing, items for your ranch or home as well as gift baskets and gift certificates from local businesses.
You can view the auction items in person at the Stockmen's Bert Sheppard Library at the RancheHouse starting on Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day as well as online.
He says you can order your meal for $28 and enjoy it at home, or you can order it and the Cochrane Activettes will make sure the meal will go to someone in need.
"We do have the component where you can donate a meal as well as order a meal, and to-date we have almost as many meals donated as we have already ordered."
Grattidge says "It was key for us to try and raise money so that we can keep doing our programs and keep our venue open and keep educating the public on the history and importance of the livestock industry in Alberta by being able to hold it again it hopefully gives people something to enjoy and look forward to."
You can find more information about the event here.