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The 8th annual D-9 Foundation Dinner, Auction and Golf Tournament was a huge success. Organizers were concerned when they started preparing for this year’s event because of the economic slowdown. However, Rogue Valley residents came out in numbers and made this auction gross more than any preceding auction.
Many donated directly to the scholarship fund and then Vicky Henry was the high bidder for the right to have scholarships named for her late husband.
The original auction figures released indicated the auction totaled around $75,000. That was high.
There were calculations allowed for events such as the scholarship, special needs, and a couple of other special items where people made pledges. To expedite check out, clerks only had to enter the bidder number and the purchase price as already computed. There were more blank paddle items that did not get used but did show up with bidder numbers. When those extra items that were not purchased were deleted, the gross for the auction was $58,386. That figure does not include the dinner or the golf tournament. And, of course, there will be expenses out of that figure.
The first auction in 2001 totaled $12,650. The next year it doubled. The third and fourth year held steady at $40,000. Again, there was a $16,000 jump in 2005 to $56,000 and that figure increased $1,000 in 2006. Last year was down $5,000. But, 2008 set a new record, even with economic concerns.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent