October 31, 2014

Funds from silent auction to help feed families in Arenac County

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Au GRES — A silent auction scheduled for Feb. 9 will raise funds for the Au Gres Christian Charities food pantry. It is the first silent auction fundraiser for the group, according to fundraising chairwoman Kim Easterle.

“This is our first year,” she said. “Everyone is so good about supporting the food pantry, so we thought we’d do something fun for everyone while supporting the food pantry.”

The auction will be held at the Au Gres Knights of Columbus Hall from 1-3:30 p.m. Easterle said tickets are $5. Buying a ticket pays for lunch and automatically gives guests a chance to win prizes, Easterle said.

“We’re going to have a soup bar there with five homemade soups, bread and cookies, and the Au Gres-Sims High School jazz band is going to play,” she said.

“Everyone is going to get a number when they come in, and we’ll draw names periodically,” Easterle said. “We have oil changes, haircuts, tickets to the barbecue and ox roast.”

She added that Au Gres Christian Charities hosts a barbecue each summer and an ox roast each fall.

According to Easterle, more than 80 items will be available for bidders during the silent auction. All of the items were donated by businesses or individuals, she said.

“We have some really good items,” she said. “I have four Saginaw Spirit tickets. We have a six-hour fishing charter boat trip. We have a 19-inch flat screen TV, canoe and kayak trips.”

Easterle said the organization helped provide food for more than 6,000 people in 2013.

“We gave out 12 tons of food,” she said. “Arenac County is in the top four — they kind of change numbers, but they stay up there — for the highest unemployment rate and the lowest income rate. That’s why we feel it’s very important that we keep this up.”

Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the event, or in advance at Coldwell Banker or the Au Gres City Hall. For more information, contact Easterle at 989-876-8104 or food pantry coordinator Barb Penney at 989-220-5469.

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