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December 10, 2013

Tree, Wreath Auction has highest grossing year yet

DUNCAN — The Tree and Wreath Auction had its best year even, garnering $3,335 for its grand total.

The auction, which is a collaborative effort between the Duncan Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Simmons Center, raises funds for area charities. This was the 12th year for the silent auction event.

Items, including decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, centerpieces and various other goodies, were donated and auctioned with the funds going toward selected charities. For instance, the Friends of the Stephens County Humane Society donated items with the Stephens County Humane Society as the benefactor.

“This is the best we’ve ever done,” Loisdawn Jones, Duncan Convention and Visitors Bureau director, said. “Normally, the final bid party has a lot more people, trying to get their final bids in. The weather made it difficult. We had a lot of strong bids early on.”

In fact, many of the stronger bids came as early as two weeks into the silent auction. A total of 64 items were donated for the event, which is one item shy of 2012’s auction.

This year, the auction had one notable difference, Jones said. There was only one large tree donated for the auction event. Usually, eight to 15 trees are donated.

“We had lot so centerpieces and wreaths, more of it than in the past,” she said.

The large items are usually delivered to the purchaser the day following the auction’s end. This year, the a delivery truck isn’t so necessary, Jones said.

In the past, Storage R Us has giving use of a moving van for the deliveries. Jones said the business was contacted earlier that a moving van would not be needed this year.

The item taking in the largest bid was a wreath donated by Prairie Rose. The wreath earned $155 for the Duncan Rescue Mission.

“Every item had a bid on it this year,” Jones said.

And those bids will help numerous charities throughout the area, just in time for the holidays.

“Most of those charities provide services that are stressed during the holiday season,” she said.

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