Gala shows generosity of community Haircut goes for $75, quilts for $800, $900, necklace for $1,000

Ruthie Fritcher shows her appreciation of hubby Dave after he purchased the sterling silver necklace with a micropave pendant donated by Holstroms and Dean and Libby Schwade for $1,000.

Someone greased the wallets of those attending the Second Annual Winter Gala! This year’s live auction raised over $2,500 more than last year at $9,315. Last year’s auction raised over $6,500 for Spring Ahead Learning Center (SALC).

Seventy persons were served the chicken in wine sauce supper on Jan. 21, which is down a few from last year, but that didn’t stop them from opening up their wallets and donating!

Those not able to afford a $75 haircut from Dale Reis could purchase children’s books. Barb Robinson explained. “I’ve been purchasing children’s books at reduced prices since Spring Ahead Learning Center’s inception. They are already donated to the center.” Now, others can pay full price for the books and have a “Donated by” sticker put on the inside.

Of the 78 books she purchased, 28 were resold at the Gala, netting $380.31. The remaining books will be available for sale at the Spring Ahead Preschool’s spaghetti dinner coming up this spring. The extra money received will go toward purchasing other items needed for the center.

During the dinner, Howard-Winneshiek School Board member James Kitchen gave an update on the project.

On Jan. 17, the board approved the plans and specifications for bidding. On Feb. 3, a pre-bid meeting will take place at the Lime Springs site and bids will be due at the superintendent’s office by 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 16. Then, a public hearing will be held on Feb. 21, at Lime Springs. The board will vote to award the contract to the lowest responsible and responsive bidder or not to award the bid.

Some of the hot ticket items included a sterling silver necklace with a micropave pendant donated by Holstroms and Dean and Libby Schwade. Dave Fritcher purchased the necklace for $1,000 for his lovely wife Ruthie.

A Pine Needles Quilt Store fall quilt donated by Steve and Jill Johnson sold for $900 to Mark and Maureen Hagen and a flannel quilt made by the Thursday Morning Hookers sold to Mike and Gwen Mahr for $800.

Other large ticket items included a Twins Basket from C US Bank for $735; two half hogs for $550 and $450; a crocheted baby afghan by Evelyn Truka for $400; a Lime Springs collage from Garden Cards and More and Lime Springs Herald for $575; and a Lidtke Mill photograph by Becki Groenwald for $600.

Other donated items included a baby quilt and book; Valentine quilted wall hanging; wooden clock by Claire Anderlik; “Welcome” doily by Ellen Klomp; photographs by Kelli Sanders, Tanya Riehle and Cling Farlinger; a quilt rack; a cross by Eddie Hughes; Tracy Rice jewelry; wellness package; quilt by Betty Roesler; canoe paddle; and an afghan by Kim Kitchen.

The meal was catered by Butch and Dorene Burnikel and auctioneering was by Burke Auction Services.

Chairman Libby Schwade exclaimed, “It was an amazing night! We had a lot of fun, raised a lot of money, and supported a good cause. Thank you all who attended and donated items. You helped make this event successful.”

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