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Time and talent auction raises over $5K

February 23, 2018
Bonnie Remmick - Tribune Reporter , Pierce County Tribune

The First Lutheran Church of Rugby raised $5400.00 in a time and talent auction held at the church. Having done these types of auctions in the past, Pastor Elaine Sveet organized the fundraiser event.

Sveet said "The congregation appeared to have a good time, it was relaxing and fun event for a long winter much needed break. The cold weather has had us all a little affected by the gloominess of it all," she said.

Auctioneering at the event were Dick Blomster, assisted by son-in-law Matt Randall. "It was for a good cause and we had fun," Bloomster said at the library Saturday, where he took his two granddaughters to get books to read. "We have to make our fun here. There were lots of things going on in town that night, so we appreciated everybody coming out like they did. Bethany had their spaghetti dinner, and folks had to choose."

"Many of the prizes were talents offered, or items hand made by individuals, and we encouraged creative ideas given from the heart ," Sveet said. " One item was for example, teenagers that provided child care, another were skating and hockey lessons, photographs, and baked items. One person auctioned "Grandma Hours" which was grandma time for rent." These were all items much needed in the community and a good way for us to make money and help someone else. One gentleman gave one individual ticket of his season of tickets to auction. Another man volunteered to till a garden for someone this spring. Andee Matson donated singing lessons."

"We want to thank Dick and Matt for entertaining us and doing such a great job. The church will definitely make this an annual event. We thank everyone that came," Sveet commented.



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