A lot goes in to getting ready for
the Pink Pumpkin Fundraiser Auction
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[October 25, 2021]
After weeks of planning and preparing, on
Thursday evening, the Pink Pumpkin Auction to raise awareness for
breast cancer and support the American Cancer Society paid off big
time. The evening was a huge success, bringing in more than $20,000
for the American Cancer Society.
However, events like this auction don’t just
happen. There are so many people involved and so many small and
large jobs that have to be completed in order to bring about the
best possible outcome.
Thursday began with getting the shop area of Collision Concepts set
up to display the many items that would be offered for sale through
both a silent auction and a live auction.
At noon, Collision closed for the day and staff hurriedly cleared
the building of all the vehicles they were working on. The floors
were cleaned and measures were taken to assure the safety of guests
coming in later that evening.
At 1 p.m. auction committee member Karen Hargis met staff members
from the Lincoln Illinois American Water Company at the Logan County
Fairground. The Logan County Fair Board loaned their tables and
chairs and the Illinois American crew was there to load them all on
a trailer and drive them to the auction site.
Tables were carried out and stacked by the crew, then they were off.
Once everything was delivered to Collision, owner Erv Guyett and his
crew got to work setting up tables and chairs. Then everything got a
Tables were put into place and Lincoln Daily News’ Lisa Ramlow set
to work with help from special visitor and helper John Logan putting
coverings on all the tables.
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Tables were covered and decorated and then it was
time for the merchandise to be moved into the auction area.
Once again, the crew from Collision Concepts kicked in and started
moving items from out of their storage area in the front of the
business and putting everything on the correctly designated tables.
Ramlow, volunteer June Bock and others worked on getting bid sheets
laid out on the silent auction tables. Rich and Nila Smith worked on
getting the tent cards set out identifying the donor of each item in
the live auction.
Karen Hargis was busy helping where needed and getting the raffle
tables and the table for the sale of luminaria set up.
The final step in preparing for the evening was the placement of the
luminaria bags complete with glowing sticks. Volunteer June Bock was
on that task too with the help of John Logan.
Everything was done in record time. By 4 p.m. the entire back area
was set up and ready to receive the many guests that were hoped for
later in the evening.
[Nila Smith with photos by Karen
Hargis and Mitch Douglas]