Some of the items available at the online auction.

Some of the items available at the online auction.

Castlegar Rotary fundraising auction online

Great opportunity to shop local from home for your holiday gift needs

Submitted by Castlegar Sunrise 2000 Rotary

While the COVID pandemic may have resulted in the cancellation of traditional face-to-face fundraising events, it didn’t eliminate the need for local service clubs to raise funds for local causes — but it did make it more challenging.

Recognizing the need in our community, members of the Castlegar Sunrise 2000 Rotary Club have pivoted their efforts online and are helping other local non-profits in the process.

Led by the efforts of member Gordon Soukoreff, the club has created an online auction platform at and have teamed up with the Kootenay Gallery of Art and Kootenay Doukhobor Historical Society. The auction will open on Nov. 22 and close on Nov. 28, with items available for pick up starting Nov. 30.

The auction features items such as a day of skiing at Red Mountain with Canadian Olympic skier Felix Belczyk; a day of fishing on the Columbia with Chillbilly Sport Fishing Charters; a private tour at the new Kalesnikoff Mass Timber Facility to create your own custom wood table; fabulous offerings from local artists and artisans; an accessory collection from Swish Fashions and much more.

For a nominal fee, local non-profits can sign up and have their items added to the auction page. Local business owners who wish to donate an item or service will receive recognition through the auction website and KootenayAuction Facebook page as well as the Castlegar Sunrise 2000 Rotary Facebook page. For more information on signing up or donating, please contact

Don’t miss this great opportunity to “Shop Local” for your holiday gift needs in the comfort of your own home.