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December 3, 2013

Christmas Auction continues tradition instilled by Jaycees

DUNCAN — People who have helped with the annual Christmas Auction found themselves returning Monday night, as the auction kicked off its 56th year.

This year, the auction has become even more of a community event, as it is no longer solely sponsored by one organization. In previous years, the Duncan Jaycees headed up the event, before requesting help from the Duncan Rotary Club.

When it came time for planning this year’s auction, the Rotary Club took control to lead it to the community, where the event took shape. Cindy Reynolds, past president of the Duncan Rotary Club, is this year’s organizer, but is getting help from people throughout the community.

Among those helping are two of the last Duncan Jaycees members, Bill Bradley and Tara Harper.

“It’s great,” Bradley said of being able to continue helping and supporting the auction. “It seems like there’s a lot more people able to get involved. It’s a whole community effort.”

Last year, dwindling membership in the Duncan Jaycees led to the group requesting help from the Duncan Rotary Club. Both groups decided this was one tradition neither wanted to see end.

Through the event, funds are raised to help children, including a shopping day where clothes are purchased for area youths. This year’s shopping day is set for 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 14. Children are chosen through an application process at their schools.

Harper said the Christmas Auction always has a special place in her heart, and it’s not an event she will give up.

“It’s the same,” Harper said of the event without the Jaycees sponsorship. “It’s still my most favorite event of the year.”

As with many participants in the event, Harper grew up watching the annual Christmas Auction. Through watching the auction, she knew she wanted to help with the event, something she’s done for numerous years.

The auction began Monday, but will be broadcast from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. every night through Friday. Friday may run longer than 10:30 p.m., depending on bidding and the number of items remaining.

Bradley and Harper said the Christmas Auction is an important part of the Duncan community because it helps Duncan children. The event also gives people throughout Duncan a way to give back to the community.

Harper said she hopes people feel the same about the auction as she does.

“It brings me so much joy,” she said.

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