The Duncan Banner
After years of watching and being involved in the Duncan community’s Christmas Auction, Chris Stockton is no stranger to the Christmas auction scene.
This is part of what drove him to take on a similar auction at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, where he attends school. Stockton, a 2011 Duncan High School graduate and Crossman winner, said the fundraiser is part of a larger project at OSU called Dance Marathon.
“Everything we raise goes to the Oklahoma City Children’s Hospital,” Stockton said.
Dance Marathon is a project that takes place over several months, ending in a big event in February. Stockton said the idea behind the marathon is that many of the children who are at the Oklahoma City Children’s Hospital cannot dance for themselves and are relying on the energy of the university students.
Stockton said growing up with Duncan’s Christmas Auction (formerly the Jaycee’s Christmas Auction) provided him with a special insight into running such an auction. Through Duncan’s event, Stockton tried his hand at auction off items.
“It was a fun experience at the Christmas Auction (in Duncan),” he said. “I loved it. I loved getting on TV. It lit my fire at an early age.”
He said his experience with Duncan’s auction encouraged him to become more invested in his community and to find ways to benefit Duncan people. He said his aspirations to help others in Duncan carried over to Stillwater.
Through the OSU auction, 113 items were donated and purchased. He said the auction idea was in its pilot year in 2012, and this year, he aimed to make it 10 times better as a way to raise more money for children at the hospital.
In fact, Stockton spent about 20 hours building a website for the auction. About 12 of those hours were spent in one day. Items were purchased from all around the country and were shipped out last week. Some of the items were purchased from people in Duncan.
“People in Duncan are so generous,” Stockton said.
Among the items donated for the event was a guitar signed by Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.
The OSU auction raised $3,200 this year, which was an increase over the $800 raised last year. In 2012, the auction was part of the big celebration at the end of the Dance Marathon.
“It was really exciting,” Stockton said about this year’s participation in the OSU auction. “Next year, I’ll definitely delegate more.”
The Dance Marathon event is a 12-hour event, which brings 1,000 college students together with money being raised to benefit the hospital. Stockton said the Dance Marathon provides a way for the university to benefit children in need.
He said the Dance Marathon committee members also get to see and interact with some of the children at the hospital. This interaction provides them even more incentive to continuing raising money for the cause.
“My experiences in Duncan have been beneficial,” Stockton said. “It’s kind of like Duncan in Stillwater. I had my hands full. It’s a lot of fun.”