Bidding wars

Community members bid it out for a good cause

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Spending money on school supplies is hard for some families, which is why more than 50 people showed up for Auction in the Park on Thursday afternoon in Alice Pleasant Park.

The auction raised $1,500 for school supplies, more than doubling last year's total of $700.

Karen Brown, the president of the Downtown Business Association, said it was awesome the auction brought in that much money.

The DBA has been organizing the school supply auction for four years, said Brown.

The DBA may be the sponsor of the auction, but Brown said mother and daughter team Sandi Mansfield and Kandee Dilldine did most of the footwork.

Mansfield said this was the third year that she and Dilldine helped out, as well as donated some items for auction.

Their store, KS Kreations, was one of many local businesses that donated merchandise to be auctioned off.

The Community Budget Center donated many small items that were auctioned off in pairs, and Homemaker Furnishings donated a coat rack as well as a three-piece table set.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 wrote a check for $200.

Several local businesses also donated gift certificates to be auctioned as well.

Betty Barnes, owner of Loyd's Cleaners, said she donated a $25 dry cleaning gift certificate.

"This is the second or third year I've donated," she said. "I feel like it is a worthy cause."

Barnes, along with her husband, B.J., attended the auction to further support the cause by buying some of the items.

Between the two of them, the couple spent $54 on gift certificates for a manicure and pedicure and some clothing donated by Moffat County High School.

Barnes said she bought a MCHS sweatshirt because she has two granddaughters who will be attending there in the fall.

She added that the main reason she participates in the auction is to support the school district.

"There are a lot of kids whose parents can't afford school supplies because they are an added expense," Barnes said. "Volunteering with groups around Craig like Love INC, I have really seen the need."

Mansfield said she was happy with Thursday's turnout.

"We could have used more bidders," she said, "but there was good participation."

Mansfield said the $1,500 raised will be given to the school district and then doled out to the schools that need it the most.

"The money goes straight to the schools," she said. "It won't be spent on textbooks."

The money will be spent on things like pencils and paper, as well as items needed for class projects.

Mansfield said even if people missed the auction, they can still donate at KS Kreations, 543 Yampa Ave., or the Community Budget Center, 555 Yampa Ave.

Dominic Graziano can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or dgraziano@craigdailypress.com.

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