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Auction raises record amount

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Toronto Blue Jays' Brett Lawrie (right) donated an autographed jersey as an auction prize in support of Langley Child Development Centre and Langley Big Brothers Big Sisters. The night raised nearly $42,000.
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The generosity of Langley community members has resulted in close to $42,000 being raised for a pair of local charities.

Nearly a quarter of that came from an anonymous donation of $10,000.

The money will be split between the Langley Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley (BBBS) and the Langley Child Development Centre.

The money was raised at a live auction and dinner at the Murrayville Town Pub on Nov. 27.

"It was phenomenal," said Mary Reeves, executive director of Langley BBBS.

"We just had a lot of good stuff that people wanted."

"The whole atmosphere in the room was probably one of the best I have experienced there," she added.

"The whole ambiance and atmosphere was upbeat and lively and people were glad to be there."

Reeves said people really wanted to come out and support John Pybus, one of the pub's owners.

Pybus has been battling health problems this year.

"They love him and he has got great respect in the community and in the business community," she said.

Reeves said that the money will greatly benefit both organizations as they continue to help Langley's children and youth.

This was Reeve's seventh year of being involved with the live auction and the amount matched the previous high, which was raised in 2010.

That year saw a lot of Olympics-related prizes available, which really piqued people's interest and generated higher bids.

Some of the top prizes at this year's event included a houseboat cruise on the Shuswap and a trip to Vegas.

Toronto Blue Jays third-baseman Brett Lawrie, who grew up in Langley, also attended the event and signed a jersey for one of the prizes as well.

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