The auction is the longest running fund raising event for the Foundation and its success each year is made possible by the hard work of volunteers. Volunteers from the community, in partnership with the foundation board of directors, call on area businesses, organizations, and individuals to secure items for the live and silent auction.
Each year the auction averages 150 silent auction items and 40 live auction items - the items range from merchandise, to gift certificates, services, hand-made items and special events such as dinners, hunting parties, trips etc. All attendees enjoy dinner and a social hour before the live auction. Check out pictures from the 2016 Big Benefit Auction!
2016 Big Benefit Auction
The proceeds from nearly 200 items sold, underwriters, program ads and ticket sales netted more than $45,000 at the 38th Annual Big Benefit Auction in late August. The funds benefit students directly through scholarships and program enhancements.
The support for this 38th Annual Benefit Auction was once again nothing short of amazing. It seems no matter the current economic climate, the community steps up and comes through for us year after year; it is the kind of continued loyalty and support we never take for granted. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results of the auction; it was a huge success. The quality of our items donated by over 191 businesses and individuals was in no small measure a contributing factor to this success.
With the help of a very generous match by Craig and Jolene Biggs, the Old Bill Honorarium raised almost $10,000. These funds will be used to award scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year in honor of the Craig & Jolene Biggs Family.
The auction exceeded its goal of $40,000 and that is always our purpose, but this year the success of this annual event can be measured by so many more important and intangible factors. The auction was a true coming together of members of our community from all walks of life with diverse economic and cultural backgrounds to support a great cause. To say a good time was had by all would be an enormous understatement. The evening was filled with good food, fellowship, laughter and great generosity. Our deepest gratitude to every attendee, donor and volunteer. Once again their commitment translated into our success..
The Foundation Names Old Bill Honorarium
Each year prior to the annual benefit auction, the Foundation board selects a deserving, dedicated donor(s) to be honored in this special way - one year of academic scholarships given in their name. The Foundation feels it is important to recognize excellence in giving and we have been blessed with so many generous and faithful donors that we are proud to be able to offer the community the opportunity to honor them as well. This year the money generated from the sale of Old Bill will honor Craig and Jolene Biggs in recognition of their years of support to the Foundation including the creation of their own endowment as well as continued support of other endowments.