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Monday, August 3, 2015

Family and Friends Basket Auction

On Thursday and Friday of last week, our Foundation held its fourth annual Family and Friends Basket Auction.  When we first started, the auction was associated with our golf tournament; however, since there is so much work that goes into both events, we began to  separate them.  

Last week's auction was the best yet. There were 21 baskets donated by departments and individuals, 126 silent auction packages and 37 Chinese auction packages / items, and they raised over $11,000 for WMHS Foundation scholarships. By the way, the Foundation just passed the $1 million mark in scholarships awarded, WOW!  

Obviously, there is a great deal of work that goes into the auction and some photos are attached.  Karen Johnson, Dawn Martz, Jamie Perrin, Lisa Hout and Katie Gattens did an exceptional job in making this happen. Over the two days, there was a total of 239 bidders, with some of the bidding wars occurring up to the final minutes of the auction. The $11,300 raised was 70% of the total value of the baskets, packages and items donated.  Way to go, everyone, on a job so very well done.

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