Spirited auction brings Christmas Tree Lane to life

December 6, 2013 by

An array of bright and ornate Christmas trees netted more than $5,500 for the organizations that decorated them, as part of the annual Christmas Tree Lane Friday evening (Dec. 6) at the Nazareth Motherhouse.

This year for the first time the holiday fundraiser included a live auction with Dannie Kearn donating his services as the guest auctioneer.

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Each of the 15 organizations that asked to take part sold $25 tickets to the event and then decorated a 4 1/2 foot Christmas tree for the auction. The individual organizations kept all the money raised from their own ticket sales, plus the proceeds from their tree and any donations they received Friday evening.

The trees were provided free to them thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation for Cloud County, and the other costs associated with hosting the event were covered by the Sisters of St. Joseph.

The total donated for the 15 trees was $5,575 — but that includes a “double payment” for the Concordia Park Project tree. When it was auctioned, the NCK Down Syndrome Society made the winning bid of $500. But at the end of the auction, the Down Syndrome Society donated it back to be auctioned again. In the second round, the winning bidder was Dr. Jeremy Will of Concordia, with $400.  So the Park Project received a total of $900 for its trees.

The highest winning bid for a tree that was only auctioned once was $750, paid by Vicki Kopsa of Agenda, Kan., for the Cloud County Community Resource Center entry.

All of the organizations represented, followed by the amount of the winning bid and the winning bidder, were:

  • NCK Paws, $125, Cathleen Amwake, Scott City, Kan.
  • Cloud County Resource Center, $750, Vicki Kopsa, Agenda, Kan.
  • Hands Across Our Community, $225, Maria Jindra, Concordia
  • OCCK, $475, Jean Shankle, Concordia
  • National Orphan Train Museum, $325, Jim Wahlmeier, Concordia
  • DVACK, $175, Sarah Jenkins, Concordia
  • O’Conner Animal Shelter, $250, Cathleen Amwake, Scott City, Kan.
  • NCK Down Syndrome, $300, Rhonda Fraser, Concordia
  • Club 81, $350, Elaine Bowers, Concordia
  • Cloud County Health Center Auxiliary, $200, Pam Campbell, Concordia
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, $225, Dr. Jeremy Will, Concordia
  • Concordia Park Project, $500, NCK Down Syndrome Society, Concordia,  AND  $400, Dr. Jeremy Will, Concordia
  • Helping Hands, $325, Janet Lowell, Concordia
  • Relay for Life, $500, Bill and Jolene Backlin, Concordia
  • Cloud County Health Center, $450, Phil Gilliland, Concordia

The idea behind Christmas Tree Lane, according to committee chair Holly Brown, is to give local nonprofit organizations a chance to raise extra funds at the time of year many of them need the money most. And, she noted, it serves as something of a Christmas gift from the Sisters of St. Joseph to other local charities.

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One Response to “Spirited auction brings Christmas Tree Lane to life”

  1. Loretta A. Jasper csj on December 7th, 2013 6:50 am

    An absolutely lovely evening, and a very fun and congenial eve.

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