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At a previous Gabriel’s House Art Sale Larry Blackmon fills out his bidding sheet. The art auction is one of the biggest fundraisers for the organization.

With school doors closed and backyard doors open, youngsters across the community are enjoying their time off and out, but Gabriel’s House workers and volunteers are getting down to business with their sold-out annual art auction.

Their biggest and most important money-making event of the year starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at the Simmons Center, where they auction off prints of local kids’ works and other local artists and businesses that give donations of items for auction.

According to Executive Director Dalles Gibbs, Gabriel’s House does not receive funding from the state. Instead, they are 100 percent donation-and-grant-based, even though they are a United Way Agency.

Gibbs said that they don’t have a specific number in mind as a fundraising goal, and that they leave details like that up to God — if the money doesn’t come from the auction, it will come from somewhere else.

Even though tickets for the auction are sold out, those interested can call the Gabriel’s House office at (580) 252-4782, or email gabrielshouseinc@gmail.com, to ask about possible seating, as some who purchased tickets may not be able to attend as planned.

More information can be found at Gabriel’s House Academy on Facebook, or gabrielshouseacademy.org. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and is in the 9th Street Education Building.

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