Auction Raises More Than Ever

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With all of the money counted, and nearly all of the bills paid, organizers of the 4th Annual Rim Country Community Care Auction believe they've cleared the $40,000 mark in donations.


"It just keeps getting better and better," said Kathleen Hughes, one of the event organizers.


The auction, which has grown in popularity over the past four years, was held Sept. 25 at the DD Haught Arena in Star Valley.


"We've gone from 125 people our first year, then 200," she said. "Last year, we had 250 people, and this year, we had 320."


The raffle of the Honda all-terrain vehicle was won by Steve Pierce, a former employee of Founders Bank who is now working in the Valley. Sale of the ATV raffle tickets has been going on for roughly six months.


"I'm really hoping this year's is going to be closer to $45,000," Hughes' cohort, Judy Baker, said. One last-minute expense that took a big chunk out of the final total was the rental of a large tent to cover the crowd in case of rain.


"We had to tell them Wednesday if we were going to want the tent," Baker said. "It was raining Thursday as they put the tent up. It was a river in there."


Last year, the hospice auction raised just under $40,000 for the Hospice Foundation's building fund for a hospice house, a place where patients and their families can find comfort and peace of mind while copying with terminal illness.


The foundation has raised $200,000 for the hospice house, which foundation officials estimate will cost $1 million to build.


Baker said major contributors go the auction included Jim and Dorothy Young of ERA Young Realty and Investments, and Dr. Herb Schwager and Dr. Dave Herbert.


"They really went above and beyond purchasing two tables each," Baker said. "There were so many people with their groups that wanted to attend, they decided to purchase two entire tables.


Robert and Melissa Higginbotham of Payson Jewelers also kicked in $1,050 to the foundation --proceeds from the business's 15th anniversary sale.


Baker and Hughes are already making plans for next year's benefit, which will feature a Mardi Gras theme.

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