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November 7, 2013

Holiday spirit promoted through silent auction

DUNCAN — Last year the annual Silent Christmas Tree and Wreath Auction raised almost $4,000 and organizers are hoping to reach that amount again this year.

Items began showing up for bidding Wednesday at the Simmons Center to start off the 12th annual event, which is sponsored by the Simmons Center and the Duncan Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

“They have until Nov. 16 to bring their items,” said Stephanie Sullivan, Simmons Center administrative assistant. “During the past 11 years, the auction has raised $27,150.”

Proceeds from the auction are split am2ong the several organizations that bring items to be bid on. The amount of the final bid on an organization’s item is the amount it receives for its causes.

Among the entities that had items listed Wednesday were Women’s Haven, Relay For Life of Stephens County, the Stephens County Youth Shelter, the GFWC Owl Club and the Friends of the Stephens County Humane Society.

“We have gotten lots of nice donations again this year,” said Betty Burk, member of the Friends of the SCHS. “We started six weeks ago getting ready and its going pretty well.”

The Friends have had a growing number of donations at the auction each year and so far, there are 14 items listed for the group this year. For an example of how organizations use the funds, the Friends use theirs to help the Humane Society’s shelter with provisions for the animals and supplies for the staff.

“I hope people come and bid,” Burk said. “I’m so glad they do this every year; it’s fun to get together.”

Though many of the items brought on Wednesday were already decorated, a few groups spend time decorating trees, wreaths and other Christmas ornamental items on site.

In 2013, the auction had a record-breaking number of total items with 68. The event on its way to topping that number with about 30 items already present Wednesday.

“We would love to see $4,000 again, or more,” said Sullivan. “Every year, they bring better and bigger things.”

Bidding will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each week day in the Simmons Center lobby until the final bidding night on Dec. 9.

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