Approximately $7,000 was raised during the 2nd Annual Eastern Audrain Library/YMCA Project’s Dinner Auction held Saturday, October 11 at the V.F.W. Hall in Vandalia.
Some of the high end packages sold at the event include:
• Buffalo, N.Y. trip, four nights stay at Embassy Suites Hotel, two nights donated by Kathy and Brian Drew. $1,000 value
• Water’s Furniture – tight back, hi-leg, tannish brown recliner, made by Flexsteel. $999 value
• Hermann Hill Vineyard Inn Bed & Breakfast. $500 value
• Harpoles Hunting Lodge, two nights with meals, clay bird shooting. $480 value
• Ennis Implement – Cub Cadet Self-propelled push mower, rear wheel drive with 3-N-1 (mow, mulch, bag). $400 value
There were more than 20 packages sold at the auction.
Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell, chairman of the Eastern Audrain Library/YMCA Project, recognized the advisory committee and the Rual Morris Foundation for their role in helping the project get off the ground as $55,000 has been raised before the auction.
The project has also received the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) grant.
“One thing I want you to leave with tonight is what can I do to make a difference in my community,” Goodpasture-Culwell said. “It’s going to take all of us working together to make this a reality. How great would it be to drive by, walk by Main St. and see a new library and see a new YMCA facility?”
Project Administrator Terri Jungers also addressed the audience with a few remarks. A listed Library/YMCA presentation was made by Gage Gibson.
John Wallace served as auctioneer.
Tickets for the event cost $15 per person.
Pledges currently being sought include:
• $1-$499 (Friends), listed in recognition book
(The rest receive tile on recognition wall with donors over $50,000 getting the opportunity to name a room in the facility)
• $500-$999 (Sponsors)
• $1,000-$4,999 (Leaders)
• $5,000-$9,999 (Mentors)
• $10,000-$49,999 (Partners)
• $50,000-$99,999 (Pacesetters)
• $100,000 and up (Visionaries)
During the event, Brian Hummel performed “God Bless the U.S.A.” The Kinfolks Country Music Show also performed.