The Melita & Area Communiplex Committee and Enns Brothers held a Community Appreciation and Auction at the Melita Legion Hall on Saturday, March 16. The Committee started planning for this event last year when Enns Brothers approached them with the idea of auctioning off the use of farm equipment, with the proceeds going towards the Communiplex project, in exchange for naming rights of the facility. When Brayden Lesy, Enns Brothers Melita Branch Manager, was asked how they came up with the idea of the auction and why they choose to work with the Communiplex Committee, he responded, “Our Senior Management Team has a discussion about how they could get creative with the contribution and create something that would let our producers get something in return for their donation to the project. This project was chosen as Enns Brothers has always believed in giving back to the communities in which they conduct business in. Being “Rooted In the Community” is a guiding principle when it comes to how Enns Brother operated and builds relationships and the Melita Communiplex project is exactly they type of initiative that gives life to rural communities, so it was an easy choice”.
The evening started out with a happy hour from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., followed by a free barbecue supper at 6:30 p.m. with hot dogs, hamburgers, macaroni salad, chips, cookies and drinks. Also taking place at this time was a variety of kids activities. Kids were able to enjoy a crafting and colouring table as well as some fun bean bag throwing games. During supper hour, the crowd was entertained by country singer Ryan Keown. After supper, Communiplex Chair Glenn Vercaigne and Project Manager Darcy Wilkinson thanked the crowd for coming and for all the support that they have shown throughout the years of fundraising for the project. Wilkinson then gave a quick update on the current status of the project reporting the steel frame has be installed and the siding on the new addition is being put in place. Next will be a new roof over the existing building and the new addition.
MC Kurt Ardron got everyone ready for the bidding to start on the auction portion of the evening. There were many different prizes donated for the auction, 30 in total, including a fire proof gun safe, fireplace, Winnipeg Jets tickets, Melita Golf Course membership, bags of canola seed, gift cards and so much more! The big auction items of the night were the use of three pieces of farm equipment for the 2019 season donated by Enns Brothers including a sprayer for 150 engine hours, tractor for 250 engine hours and combine for 150 separator hours. After the auction was finished, almost $135,000 was raised for the Melita & Area Communiplex Committee Project. The Committee was very thankful to Taylor Auctions, Fraser Auctions and Next Lot who all donated their time and services to the auction, and also provided online bidding for the evening!
Lesy commented, “We are extremely pleased with the auction results and how much we were able to raise. The support this area has given this project from the very beginning has been phenomenal and this event was another great example of how amazing our community is. Of course we learned a few things along the way that will certainly help us execute a successful event next year when we auction off the same three pieces of equipment for the 2020 growing season. The evening seemed to be well received. The auction was exciting and the entertainment was great”.
The evening concluded with another set of music by Ryan Keown and visiting by those in attendance. Keep watching the Melita & Area Communiplex Committee page for more information on the next auction in 2020.
Following is a list of prize donors and successful bidders at the Comuniplex fundraiser:
John Deere Cordless Grease Gun, valued at $475, donated by Brayden Lesy & Danielle Woods. Successful bidder - Anderson Farms $525.
Melita Fitness Centre 1 year membership, valued at $240, donated by ARRD. Successful bidder - Denise Teetaert $275.
McPhail Travel $400 Travel Voucher, donated by Ron & Pat Rutherford & McPhail Travel. Successful bidder - Chris Louttit $650.
DeFehr Electric Fireplace, valued at $650, donated by Circle M Furniture. Successful bidder - Kent Tilbury $650.
Ashley Sofa & Loveseat, valued at $1,550, donated by Circle M Furniture. Successful bidder - Glenn Vercaigne $1,925.
5A. Chair donated by Circle M Furniture. Successful bidder - Dwight Murray $300.
5B. Coffee table, rug & lamps donated by Circle M Furniture. Successful bidder - Matt K $325.
John Deere Liberty Safe, valued at $1,100, donated by Communiplex Committee & Noreen Greig. Successful bidder - Matt VanSteelandt $1,375.
$500 Gift Card, donated by Doug’s Mobile Service & Repair. Successful bidder - Debbie McMechan $625.
20T Hydraulic Floor Jack, valued at $1,049, donated by Auto Parts Central, Melita. Successful bidder - Glenn Farms $1,150.
Winnipeg Jets 8x10 photo. Successful bidder - Brayden Lesy $375.
New York Islanders jersey, donated by Brayden Lesy & Danielle Woods. Successful bidder - Larry & Bert Kirkup $450.
Two Winnipeg Jets tickets, valued at $325, donated by Brian & Denise Teetaert. Successful bidder - Emil Zakerey $500.
Stihl Battery Push Mower, valued at $600, donated by Vercaigne Farms Ltd. Successful bidder - Circle M Furniture $700.
Stihl Battery Weed Whipper & Leaf Blower, valued at $520, donated by Vercaigne Farms Ltd. Successful bidder - Pam Wilkinson $650.
13A.Traeger Pro 22 Barbecue, valued at $1,099, donated by Rocky Mtn & Darryl Vancauwenberghe.
Successful bidder - James Greig $1,750.
$500 Gift Card, donated by Town Tire & Auto Melita. Successful bidder - Vercaigne Farms Ltd. $750.
Couples Membership Melita Golf Course, valued at $850, donated by Melita Golf Club. Successful bidder - Dwight Murray $1,400.
$500 Gift Card, donated by Southwest Chevrolet. Successful bidder - Noreen Greig $750.
One (1) bag Canola seed, valued at $700, donated by Richardson Pioneer, Antler, SK. Successful bidder - Garry Serruys $700.
Eight (8) bags of Pioneer Canola seed, valued at $5,080, donated by Scott Sambrook. Successful bidders - (4 bags each) Dell Family Farms $2,800 & Garry Serruys $2,800.
1 tonne MES 15 fertilizer, valued at $770, donated by Cargill Elva. Successful bidder - Rick Tilbury, $800.
100 acres of floater application, valued at $1,000, donated by Paterson Grain Melita. Successful bidder - Greig Farms $1,000.
$1,500 of floating or 2 ton fertilizer, donated by ShurGro Waskada. Successful bidder - Vercaigne Farms, $2,100.
Quarter section of vertical tillage use with Versatile Fury, valued at $1,600, donated by Van L Equipment. Successful bidder - Darryl Breemersch $2,200.
Six (6) hours excavating, valued at $900, donated by B&D Trucking & Excavating. Successful bidder - Triple V Ranch $1,300.
Season of use of a John Deere Sprayer, valued at $30,000, donated by Enns Brothers. Successful bidder - Kirkup Family Farms $25,750.
Season of use of a John Deere 4WD Tractor, valued at $35,000, donated by Enns Brothers. Successful bidder - Vercaigne Farms $25,250.
Season of use of a John Deere Combine, valued at $48,750, donated by Enns Brothers. Successful bidder - Barker Farms $56,750.