Pink Pumpkin

More from the Pink Pumpkin Auction fundraiser

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[October 07, 2019]  On Thursday evening, Chris Graue and the gang at Graue Chevrolet surprised the organizers of the Pink Pumpkin Auction with a special “lawn ornament.” The Chevrolet Equinox had been specifically ‘wrapped” with a pink ribbon.

The car was brought out just as the doors were opening for the evening, and Erv Guyett and his crew found the perfect spot for it in the front parking lot by the front door. It made for a nice attention-getter as folks were coming in that evening.

The large television in the shop area was busy most of the evening showing a slideshow of photos from the 2018 Pink Pumpkin Auction. The slideshow was put together by Perry Zubeck specifically for the evening. Zubeck does a lot of work for Collision on their social media pages as well as their website. This year on Thursday evening, he provided the sound system and also did some videos of the auction in progress. In addition, he took photos during the auction, many of which are included in the publications today in Lincoln Daily News.

This arrangement offered by Graue Chevrolet was one the biggest wins of the night bringing $1,000 for the American Cancer Society. The auction entry featured a number of nifty things. In the first place the pink wreath was adorable. The pink pumpkin scarecrow was the highlight of the item. And, to top that off, the black bucket contained a number of cook items from Graue including pink ribbon hats and a whole bunch of candy! The winning bidder for the item was Seth Goodman. However, it didn’t come easy as he was bidding most of the time against his mom Gaynor. At one point, auctioneer Mike Maske noted, “If you two rode here together, it may not be a pleasant ride home!” In the end, Seth won out, but don’t worry about Gaynor, she found another cool item to bid on and ended the night happy!

How fitting is it that Jennifer, Marin and Malina Luckhart created a pink pig from their pumpkins for the Pink Pumpkin Auction. Perhaps this one should be named “Princess Daisy.”


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Cindy Guyett gathered all her BFF’s for a picture on Thursday evening. Cindy standing in the back, second from the left, had invited her pals to come out and help at the front of the building. Of course, they were also welcome to go out and bid high and bid often on the many auction items offered.

At the beginning of the night the Auction Committee was joined by Collison owner Erv Guyett and Lincoln Daily News owner Jim Youngquist to kick off the live auction. Erv spoke briefly about the effort put into bringing the auction together and offered words of thanks to the committee as well as his shop crew who had helped get everything ready for the evening.

Smith shared information about the use of funds raised by the American Cancer society. She introduced Youngquist and thanked him for allowing members of the LDN staff to put in the hours of effort needed to organize the fundraiser as well as permitting “blatant self-promotion” of the event in the daily edition.

Left to right: Jim Youngquist, Karen Hargis, Cindy Guyett, Roy Logan, Nila Smith and Erv Guyett.

When the night was over, everyone on the committee was pumped about the end result. Over $9,000 from the live auction, more than $3,000 from the silent auction, a match provided by the Guyett’s for the first item that brought more than $750, cash dropped off at the cash office as simple donations to the cause, and the money deposited in the donation boxes at the cash office and at Daisy’s table, all added up to roughly $16,000 for the ACS.

It was a great night, and to all those who helped put it together, who donated items for the auctions, and particularly to those who bought the items donated, thank you so much!

We should also note that all the services, the food, the auction items, signage, advertising and more was given to the fundraiser at no charge. Therefore the entire $16,000 will go directly to the ACS. That money is also earmarked to be used specifically in Logan County for breast cancer services and support.

[Nila Smith with photos by Mitch Douglas, Karen Hargis and Perry Zubeck]

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