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Testimony of Laurent Berniard

Laurent Berniard is a unique person who practices a profession that is just as unique. He is an auctioneer for a renowned auction house. He has been offering his talents as an auctioneer for 12 years at the numerous Foundation of Stars Wine Auctions. From the very beginning, Laurent has played a key role in the Foundation's auctions. He has been able to dramatically increase the bids on numerous items and prestigious bottles of wine, thereby increasing the profits. Seeing Laurent at work is a renewed pleasure for all!


We asked Laurent Berniard to answer a short questionnaire about his experience as a volunteer at the Foundation. Here is what he had to say.


How long have you been a volunteer for the Foundation of Stars?

I have been a volunteer for 12 years already.


What is your role within the Foundation?

I go out of my way to make sure that the bids go through the roof at fundraising events in Montreal and Sherbrooke. I will stop at nothing to get an extra bid for an item so that the evening's profits can increase.


Why this volunteer commitment to our organization?

Because I have three children, who are healthy, thank God, and I cannot imagine the suffering of people who are not as fortunate as I am. The suffering of children is intolerable to me.


What is your fondest memory as a volunteer?

The camaraderie and friendship I developed with the Foundation team over the years.


What advice would you give to someone who would like to become a volunteer?

There are no small gestures, they are all important.


Do you have an anecdote to share with us?

I braved a snowstorm with my newborn baby and my wife to go back and forth between Montreal and Sherbrooke to hold an auction. I almost ended up in ditch...