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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Not your Garden variety Party

Ecology Action Centre celebrates 15 years of kicking off summer

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 4:00 AM

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"It's our annual coming-of-summer fundraiser," says the Ecology Action Centre's Stephanie Hughes of the centre's 15th annual outdoor brouhaha. "It's our largest fundraiser so through this event which includes a plant sale---hence garden party---silent auction and live auction, we raise thousands of dollars for EAC projects and core expenses." Hosted by CBC Radio's Olga Milosevich, with Cathy Jones pulling auctioneer duty---there's a comedy team in the making---the day makes for a good place, says Hughes, to "learn about not just about the EAC but businesses trying to do something in a responsible and sustainable way. We have tens of thousands of dollars of things that have been donated: workshops and classes, energy audits, things from spas, local cafes, restaurants and bookstores; we have great weekend getaways, concert and festival tickets." Other auction items include EAC staff members offering unique opportunities such as fly fishing and bread-making lessons. "The event has its own identity now," says Hughes. "People know to look forward to it every June."

1641 Fairfield Road, 490-4688, ecologyaction.ca, $7/$5 students/ seniors/unwaged, Sun Jun 10, noon-3pm, ecologyaction.ca

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