By Denny Rose
Special to The PREVIEW
Everyone — men as well as women — are cordially invited to come to a wonderful auction on Thursday, July 11, at 11:30 a.m.
It will be held at the Extension Building at the fairgrounds and will include free finger foods, several tables of silent auction items, more tables of bag auction and, at noon, a live auction.
Mountain View Homemakers will use the proceeds from the day of fun and bargains, and the money they made at last November’s Holiday Bazaar, to provide funds to the 12 local non-profits chosen by the members of the club.
Mountain View Homemaker members have been gathering, creating and enhancing auction items for months. There will be treasures on which to bid that will go from a couple of dollars to several hundred.
“Since all the proceeds will be given to some of our local charities who need it most, we hope folks will come prepared to bid generously,” stated Homemakers’ co-president Joyce Ryan.
There will be handmade items including pillows, quilts, gift baskets, dolls and fine art. There will be jewelry treasures as well and food items including two of Dot Kirkham’s coconut cakes, made from a recipe handed down for more than a hundred years.
Several well-known artists, including local fabric artist Jeanine Malaney, Abilene Texas artist Missy Lewis, wildlife artist Glessie Drake and others have come forth with fine art donations. Local watercolorist and teacher Denny Rose has promised several gift certificates for classes.
However, no one will know until the day of the auction all the items that will be up for bid in any one of the auctions. In the past there have been small appliances, silver items, home decor, spa packages, gift certificates, lodging, massages, and much more.
The Homemakers organization is a monthly gathering of women who are interested in making the lives of their families and their community more livable. There are no dues or membership requirements beyond being a woman who wants to be involved. Each meeting includes a covered dish lunch and either speakers or a hands-on community project. This auction fund-raiser every July and the Holiday Bazaar in November result in contributions to some of the most needy non-profit efforts. It is hoped that each of the 12 voted organizations will receive at least $500. Special checks will also be presented at the November meeting to the 4-H program and the Ruby Sisson Library.
“People who come, bid, and buy at the auction will be supporting our local non-profits as well as having good food, a fun time, and getting bargains,” said co-president Barbara Ford.