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Young Life auctions art to raise funds

Going once, going twice.

Moffat County Young Life will host an auction Saturday featuring more than 20 locally produced pieces of artwork.

The auction will be held at Shadow Mountain Clubhouse and will immediately follow the Moffat County Lady Bulldogs basketball game. Desserts will be served free of charge.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to learn what Young Life is doing, as well as buy local art,” said Troy DeRose, one of Young Life’s leaders.

Young Life is a nondenominational Christian organization that focuses on mentoring youth through friendship.

Lord’s Auction Service will conduct the auction at no cost to Young Life. A wide variety of art will be available, including watercolor paintings, photographs, pottery and quilts. There’s something to suit everyone’s tastes, DeRose said.

A dinner originally was scheduled to precede the auction, but it was canceled when the basketball game was announced. Young Life organizers didn’t want students and parents to have to choose which event to support, DeRose said.

Young Life supporter Jim Dodd thought the change might increase support for the auction and dessert event.

“I hope it’ll be a better turnout if people are already out and about,” Dodd said. “Maybe they’ll slide down here and get some dessert.”

Those at the event will get a chance to learn what Young Life is about and discover what the club has been up to for the past year.

The club started Wyld Life, which DeRose describes as “the middle school younger sibling of Young Life.”

The new club met immediate success, as 25 middle school students attended the first club, Wyld Life leader Sam Billig said.

Young Life has taken more than 35 students to three camps in the past year. Students traveled to Frontier Ranch in Buena Vista, snow camp in Utah, and summer camp in Minnesota.

The club hosted a classic car show during Craig’s Whittle The Wood festival. Young Life plans to host the event again next summer, “only bigger and better than before,” DeRose said.

Young Life meets at 8 p.m. Monday evenings at Young Life headquarters in the old Greyhound Station. Wyld Life meets at 7 p.m. every other Tuesday at the Boys and Girls Club of Craig. Wyld Life’s next meeting is March 1.