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As the Comanche High School Show Choir set the mood with Christmas tunes, people from around the area visited with Santa while enjoying cupcakes with apple cider and cupcakes. More importantly, they gathered at the Simmons Center to place their final bids on items from the 11th Annual Silent Christmas Tree and Wreath Auction.
Sixty-eight items were donated to the auction this year to raise money for local non-profit agencies. Director of Duncan’s Tourism and Convention Center and organizer of the auction Loisdawn Jones said that in past years, they normally receive 40 to 45 items, which collects $1,800 to $2,500.
The community’s generosity exceeded everyone’s expectation with $3,895 given in exchange for these items. Two donators showed extra generosity by giving more than they had bid for.
The largest Christmas tree that was up for auction went early as local business owner and Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Kelsey Avants, purchased it early for $600. Avants called Jones and asked her if he could purchase it and have it delivered early in exchange for his generous $600 bid. Jones called the benefactor Women’s Haven, who agreed to the proposition.
Only two out of the 68 items did not receive a single bid. One item, a Christmas-themed quilt, would have benefited the 4-Leaf Clover Club and was donated by Jimmie Lou Gunkel. The second item was a Christmas Tree that would have benefited the Women’s Haven. The minimum bid for this item was $100.
“Their starting bid was higher than people anticipated,” Jones said.
Betty Burk, a member of the Stephens County Humane Society, was at the auction’s final bid party checking on the 15 items that the society had up for auction. She said she was pleased with the support as all 15 items had bids.
“Everything that we used to decorate was given to us,” she said. “I want to thank the community for everything that was donated.”
Jones and other staff members of the center called auction winners who were not at the final bid party Monday night to tell them when they could pick up and pay for the items. Some items will be personally delivered by Jones and volunteers.