Community bids on crafts and raises funds
Holtville resident Christine Beasley considers bidding on a Christmas wreath at the auction Saturday organized by the 4-H office of the University of California-Imperial County Cooperative Extension. (ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN PHOTO / December 9, 2012)
The event was hosted by the Imperial County 4-H, with support from Imperial Valley Grange as well as local chapters of Future Farmers of America.
Sherry Robertson, an official with 4-H, said proceeds from the silent auction would be divided between the Mary Harmon Scholarship Fund, the “Doc” Thompson Scholarship Fund, and the refurbishment fund for the still exhibits building at the Imperial Valley Expo.
“We’ve raised an average of $3,000 (in years past),” she said.
Turnout was a mix of young and old.
Monica Imperial and her son, Anthony, admired the goods on display, but Anthony was clearly excited about one item in particular.
“My mom is bidding on a hat I like,” he said.
The hat that Anthony liked is blue and shaped like a monster.
Holtville resident Christine Beasley said she was “mostly interested in Christmas stuff.”
Rhett Robertson, 13, beamed with pride when people showed interest in canned goods and preserves, as they were the fruits of his labor.
The Frank Wright Middle School student said he is participating in a number of projects through 4-H, from photography to raising lambs and goats to sell at the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta.
It was too early to tell, halfway through the event, the amount of money that would be raised. 4-H representative Matthew Smith said the program raised $1,000 the first year and $3,000 last year.
“There are not as many items this year,” he said.
Staff Writer Antoine Abou-Diwan can be reached at 760-337-3454 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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