Michael Gouchie, broker at Royal LePage Lifestyles in Lacombe, Alta., takes a faux fur coat from Hootie Johnston of Royal LePage Westside in Vancouver as part of the auction held at the Royal LePage National Sales Conference. The coat has been auctioned off at every conference since 2008. Gouchie’s bid for the coat of $2,500 was matched by another $2,500 from other bidders, helping to send the total raised by this thrift store find to more than $15,000 since it began making its rounds.

A tradition of fundraising in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation was alive and well at the company’s National Sales Conference in Vancouver recently. Royal LePage agents and brokers supported the foundation through a variety of events, including a silent auction, the “Grouse Grind 4 Shelter,” a golf tournament, trolley rides, whisky tastings, a seaplane flight to Whistler, a poker tournament, a trivia contest and networking parties.

Volunteer auctioneer Kent Browne, broker/owner of Royal LePage Team Realty and Royal LePage Gale Real Estate, worked his magic at the Shelter Live Auction lunch, where bidders contributed to a week of fundraising that set a new record: $100,000 was raised in support of the foundation’s mission to help end family violence. Over the years, more than $1 million has been raised at Royal LePage conferences.

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