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Richmond Kings Nursery School will hold its 20th annual holiday auction on Fri., Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of Trinity United Church at 933 Summerside Ave.

The evening will include a live auction of about 30 prize baskets, a silent auction, grand prize raffle, door prizes and craft and bake tables.

So, if you've ever wanted to try your hand at live bidding, like you see on shows such as Storage Wars, now is your chance to get in on the action, according to Jennifer Verch.

Admission is free.

"It’s a fun night out for parents and others in the community, with a chance to bid on some really great prizes," says Mila Berry, holiday auction chair.

"You can do some holiday shopping or nab a treat for yourself, and it’s all for a good cause."

One of the event’s unique traditions is auctioning off eight aprons bearing colourful handprints from students and teachers — one from each class. Bids fly fast and furious as parents go head to head to win a coveted apron decorated with their children’s handprints. Winning bids can climb into the hundreds of dollars.

"The aprons have really become a cherished tradition at the nursery school," says school director Joanne Balcewich."Sometimes the bidding can get quite heated between two parents with kids in the same class.

"We have parents who are determined to win aprons for each of their children as they pass through the preschool, so it literally goes on for several years. But it’s all in good fun, and all the funds support the school and the children who come here."

Last year the auction offered 34 baskets. This year, prizes for the live auction and raffles include a 43-inch Samsung plasma television, a Winnipeg Jets hockey stick with 19 signatures, a Tassimo machine, a children’s bicycle, a digital camera, golf packages, children’s baskets and much more. The auction is made possible by the generous donations of over 100 businesses and many families. The event is geared for adults.

Richmond Kings Nursery School is a charitable non-profit organization run by a volunteer board and has been offering dynamic programming for three- and four-year-olds for over 35 years.

Fundraising is an essential component of the preschool to ensure its sustainability.

For more information, visit www.rkns.ca

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