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The Duncan Jaycees and Rotary clubs are well on their way to reaching their goal of $40,000 after raising a little more than $7,100 on auction items during the first two nights of the Duncan Jaycees and Rotary Christmas Auction.
That amount only includes items that were sold during Monday and Tuesday nights at the auction and not the multiple cash donations they have received, which will be added to the final total. The auction will conclude on Friday night.
“We expect to see our numbers increase significantly over the next few nights as we begin selling the large items that have been held thus far in an effort to allow more people to see them and place their bids,” said Haylee Root, co-chairman for Rotary. “We are still hopeful to raise $40,000, which is equivalent to the retail value of all donation (items).”
With the Jaycees and Rotary club members teaming up for the second year and several community residents helping out, the amount of volunteers each night have been perfect, Root said. However, she said they can always find a spot for anyone else who wants to lend a helping hand.
“We have some scheduled and then some show up to help where needed; even if we have a few extra people on hand, they are eager to relieve someone on the phones, working the bid board or in the pick-up room,” she said. “I am overwhelmed with the amount of support from the Duncan Rotary, Duncan Jaycees, Leadership Duncan Class XVII and countless others from Duncan High School, local churches and individuals who love the auction and want to be a part of it.
“I am proud to be a part of this event helping local families provide clothing to their children for the cold winter ahead. What a way to get in the holiday spirit.”