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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Mizzou tickets popular auction item

  • The 225 people at the Hannibal Nutrition Center’s dinner and auction Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Quality Inn & Suites had an opportunity to take home a wide variety of auction items, and tickets to sports events proved the most popular.
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  • The 225 people at the Hannibal Nutrition Center’s dinner and auction Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Quality Inn & Suites had an opportunity to take home a wide variety of auction items, and tickets to sports events proved the most popular.
    Nutrition Center Executive Director Debbie Catlett believed the best-selling live auction item was “Mizzou tickets on the 50-yard line.”
    The package includes four tickets for the Aug. 30, 2014, game, Mizzou vs South Dakota. It has a parking pass in tailgate lot M. The package was donated by Retired Judge Robert Clayton II, and the buyer was not disclosed. Catlett said it was to be a surprise birthday present.
    “It was an exciting evening, and we are extremely pleased with the turnout,” Catlett said. “We raised over $10,000. Everybody was so generous.” She had set an $8,000 goal.
    The live auction also included tickets to Cardinals games and Blues games, collector items, wine baskets, airplane rides, food baskets, vacation packages and dinner parties.
    Catlett expressed appreciation for auctioneer Dale DeLaPorte donating his services, and the way he joked with the crowd to seek higher bids. “We are blessed with him.”
    The live auction began after the crowd was served a turkey and ham buffet dinner by the Quality Inn, and after everyone had a chance to bid on a silent auction and a blind auction.
    The blind auction was a new event, with written bids collected in boxes by each item. Catlett declared it a success, reporting, “It made a lot of money and was really fun. People bid more - they paid more than they would at a silent auction (where each bidder could see the previous bids).
     “The food was good, the company was good and the generosity of the crowd was great. … They knew the reason they were there was to help the home-delivery meal program.”
     
    Wells’ woodworks
    prove popular
     
    Among the most popular items in the blind auction were a wooden animal bank and a wooden jewelry box made by Francis Wells, who attended the event with his wife, Marie.
    Doug and Terri Hosmer, who were helping with the blind auction, said Wells’ jewelry box was very popular. Turning in over, Doug showed how Wells includes a penny on the bottom of the box, and he uses a penny from the year the box is made.
    Banks shaped like animals and a front-end loader made of several kinds of wood also were donated by Wells, and Catlett said his animal banks are always popular. “There was a lot of friendly competition going on for the banks,” which are purchased for grandchildren.
    Page 2 of 2 - Wells often donates his works, Catlett said. “He is extremely generous, and his woodworks always go extremely well.”
    The silent auction also featured jewelry, works of art, gift certificates and gift packages.
    Before the live auction began, Catlett honored four people who have volunteered at the nutrition center for many years. They were Hirmaline (Hirmy) Whitney, who later reported she has been there for 18 years; Geri Riney, who also has helped for many years; and Danny and Frankie Epperson, who help in many ways.
    Catlett reported the center delivers between 325 and 400 meals each weekday while serving 100 people in the dining room; and delivers food daily for 100 people residing at two local agencies.
    Later Catlett expressed appreciation for all the people who helped prepare for the dinner and auction.
    She said Sharon Colbert, program chairperson, “helped me so much and gave me inspiration on a daily basis.”
    Mayor Roy Hark, who also serves as nutrition center’s board chairman, “was our motivator,” Catlett added. “He checked in daily with me.”
    For more pictures, see Seen on Scene photo gallery.
     
     
     

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