Bidders will battle to benefit Yampa Valley Pregnancy & Family Center Saturday | CraigDailyPress.com

Bidders will battle to benefit Yampa Valley Pregnancy & Family Center Saturday

"We aren't as garish, but we are still here," said Yampa Valley Pregnancy & Family Center Executive Director Vicki Van Couvering about the newly repainted center located at 25 Yampa Ave. She hopes the new "Storage War - Craig Style" fundraiser will raise awareness and money for the center.

A battle is set to occur in front of the blue doors of Big Bar Storage in Craig on Saturday.

"Storage Wars – Craig Style" is a new event benefiting the Yampa Valley Pregnancy & Family Center.

Big Bar Storage owner and center board member Bud Nelson and wife Penny Nelson, offered the organization proceeds from the sale of the contents of three storage units.

"Normally when we have units available we have sealed bids and then sell them off. This time we thought, why not just do a sale and put all the proceeds to the center and that would be our donation," Bub Nelson said.

The event is part auction, part yard sale "fun-raiser" featuring:

9 a.m.: silent auction for choice items from two storage units and a "make an offer sale" for the remaining items.

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10 a.m.: lock cutting and viewing of contents of a third storage unit.

10:15 a.m.: live auction. $100 minimum bid for all items in the unit.

2 p.m.: 50/50 raffle drawing. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.: car smash booth, Law Dawg hot dogs and sweet treats from the Ice Cream Lady

The Nelsons and Yampa Valley Pregnancy & Family Center Executive Director Vicki Van Couvering have entered two of the units.

"There's cool stuff inside. I've already got my eyes on a couple things," Van Couvering said.

The third unit won't be opened until the day of bidding.

"We will cut the lock that morning and then are going to auction it to the highest bidder kind of like they do on Storage Wars," Bud Nelson said.

Money raised at the event will go toward general operations costs for the building located at 25 W. Victory Way.

This year 82 families have been served by the center, compared to 97 families served in 2016.

"My primary hope is to get the word out about who we are and what we do," Van Couvering said.

In addition to short-term assistance, the organization offers programs to teach general parenting, parenting of toddlers and life-skills.

"I want to get the past the idea that we are only for people with low income or welfare. I want people to know that if they run short of money in a month that they can come here and we will help them out," Van Couvering said.

Their "Earn While You Learn" program incentivizes skills learning by offering students "Baby Bucks" they use to purchase perishable food, clothing and supplies.

"I would like to see more people coming in and using that program," Van Couvering said.

Currently, the center is open Tuesdays from 3 to 6 p.m.; Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; or by appointment.

"People who come in here walk out with their arms full," Van Couvering said. "That's what we are here for, to give."

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com