The Center of Craig was packed Saturday night for the 20th annual Chili Supper and Auction to benefit the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center.
Katie Grobe, director for the center, said the event saw significantly more people than the previous year, with 130 guests.
The event brought in $3,200 for the center compared to $2,500 raised last year.
As a new feature to the evening, the Judy Copeland Life Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Randy Kline for his service to the center since the early 1980s. It was award’s inaugural year and was introduced as a way to honor exceptional volunteers and its director Judy Copeland.
“We’re always thinking about what we can do to make (the event) better,” Grobe said.
Grobe said she hopes the evening was enjoyable for everyone, adding that her favorite part of the evening was seeing the community come together.
“You get a sense of unity and fellowship. It’s a chance to just enjoy being together,” Grobe said. “I enjoy all the people coming together. People from different churches and different sectors.”
A couple from California even made their way to the event. They make a point of attending every year.
Grobe said funds raised will go to support programs provided by the center and said the event allowed the center to get its message out to the community.
With an array of auction items, including baby items, blankets, journals, decorations, a purse, a first aid kit and a print from Spirit Pass to name a few, guests had plenty of options as to what they could bid on.
Door prizes also were handed out, including the pie in the pig, to guests. The pie in the pig is a piggy bank with a gift certificate for a free pie from the Village Inn.
Shannan Koucherik, emcee for the event and previous member of the board and interim director, said she’s involved with the center because she’s seen the good it does.
“I believe in the sanctity of life. I’ve seen lives changed by the center and lives saved,” Koucherik said. “It makes it a really valid ministry here in the valley.”
Koucherik said the kid’s auction table always was very popular, and she was right again this year.
With the minutes ticking down until bidding ended, the kid’s table experienced a rush as they crowded to get their bids in.
“It lets kids spend their pocket money and learn how to give to a good cause,” Koucherik said.
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“I believe in the sanctity of life. I’ve seen lives changed by the center and lives saved. It makes it a really valid ministry here in the valley.”
— Shannan Koucherik about the Yampa Valley Pregnancy Resource Center