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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Nutrition center auction to feature ‘blind bids’

  • The public is invited to a dinner and auction on Saturday, Feb. 8, that will help fund the Hannibal Nutrition Center’s home-delivered meals program.
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  • The public is invited to a dinner and auction on Saturday, Feb. 8, that will help fund the Hannibal Nutrition Center’s home-delivered meals program.
    It will be at Quality Inn & Suites at 120 Lindsey Drive off U.S. 36.
    This year a new type of auction is being added, according to nutrition center administrator Debbie Catlett.
    This is a “blind bid” auction, she explained, where “you get to see the item, but you have to
    put your name and amount (bid) in a box, and you can’t see other bids.”
    A silent auction, also is planned, where someone may outbid the previous bid.
    The silent auction and blind bid auction will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.
    The announcement of special guests and awards will be at 7:20 p.m.
    At 7:45 p.m. the silent and blind bid auctions will end, and the live auction will begin.
    Dale DeLaPorte will serve as volunteer auctioneer. “Dale is a good auctioneer, and we are thrilled he has agreed to do it,” Catlett said.
    Tickets for the dinner and auction are $50 each or $400 for a table of eight.
    “We are accepting donations and reservations,” Catlett said. Reservations are requested by calling the nutrition center at (573) 221-4488. There is no reservation deadline.
    Many donations have already been received, Catlett said. “We have some wonderful gift baskets with overnight hotel stays, gift certificates, paintings and pictures.”
    For sports fans, items donated include Cardinal baseball tickets, Blues hockey tickets and autographed sports memorabilia, she said.
    The decision about whether an item goes in the silent or live auction depends on its value, Catlett said. “If it is over a $75 gift, it goes in the live auction.”
    The proceeds from the dinner and auction will go toward providing delivered meals to the people who need them, including some who have little food at their home, Catlett said.
    “We are hoping to raise $8,000.
    “We serve about 350 homebound meals per day (Monday through Friday) and are the largest meal provider in Northeast Missouri,” Catlett added.
    “We serve so many poverty level seniors,” the nutrition center hates to be closed by the weather, even for one day.
    “We provide three meals a day every day for other agencies,” she said, and on the rare occasion the center does not make its regular meal deliveries, her staff calls all the people that might not have food on hand.
    Page 2 of 2 - To date this winter the Hannibal Nutrition Center has been closed only one day by bad weather, she reported, and on that day, “the people we knew did not have food, we called and delivered to them (in vehicles) with four-wheeled drives.”
    Also, “people who are very sickly, we called them,” she said. “We do a phone check and make sure they are OK and have food.”  This phone call is important, Catlett added, because “for some we are the only contact they have in the daytime.”
     
     
     
     
     
     
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