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Hope Auction raised $14,050 for M'borough United Methodist Church

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To The Daily Sun,

A very special thank you to all the volunteers, donors and auction bidders who made the annual Moultonborough United Methodist Church HOPE Auction held on November 9 by far and away the most successful HOPE Auction. An incredible amount of $14,050 was raised by the raffle, kitchen crew, balloon auction, and of course the silent and live auctions.

Featured in this year's auction were a 1 ounce 1986 $50 US Mint American Gold Eagle donated anonymously by a member of MUMC and a 1999 Ford Taurus station wagon donated by MUMC member Fred Clark. The American Gold Eagle sold for $1,425 and the Ford Taurus sold for $2,200. Even without these two items, the auction raised $10,425 and far exceeded the $9,000 raised in 2012.

The number of individuals and businesses, both local and regional that donated items to this year's auction is incredible! Nearly 200 donated items were featured in the silent and live auction with another 50 donated items in the balloon auction and raffle.

As for volunteers, numerous individuals stepped forward before the auction to help solicit gift certificates and help pick up donated items to be placed in storage prior to the auction. On Friday, November 8, more than 20 individuals helped move all the auction items to the Lions Club with many of those volunteers spending the entire day setting up the auction hall. On Saturday evening during the auction, 25 different volunteers were involved in making the auction successful beyond all expectations!

It is always difficult to single out certain individuals when the work of so many volunteers is required to run an auction. However, it is important to recognize those individuals who organized and ran the various aspects of the auction. Special thanks go to Amy Norton (silent auction), Bonnie Donahue (balloon auction), and Bev Taylor and Bill Wilderman (kitchen).

This year's Annual Moultonborough United Methodist Church Auction was the eighth auction being conducted by HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) Auctions. HOPE Auctions was formed for the sole purpose of raising funds for charity organizations. Everyone associated with HOPE Auctions volunteers his/her time and efforts and every item to be auctioned must be donated. The Mission of HOPE Auctions is to: Use our God given talents to help make the world a better place for others.

We continue to be overwhelmed with the generosity of our Lakes Region community.

Kate and Mike Lancor
HOPE Auctions