The annual Lions Christmas Auction held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, was not as well attended as last year, but was attended well enough, according to Claudia Griffin, past president of the Lions Club.
The annual Lions Christmas Auction held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, was not as well attended as last year, but was attended well enough, according to Claudia Griffin, past president of the Lions Club. “We made $21,000 this year, which was lower than last year, but we had the weather to contend with, also,” Griffin said. “There weren't as many people out this year, but attendance was pretty good, considering the threatening weather. “There was a total of 147 registered bidders,” Griffin said. “That was not the most bidders we've ever had, but with the weather being so unpredictable, we thought it was a pretty good turnout.” “We had several big items this year,” Mark Keith, Lion member and director of the Hope/Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce, said. “Among them were the smoker that was constructed by the welding class at UACCH; the gas grill from Walmart; a gun cabinet from Right Choice; a custom-made knife from SBR Etching, and a home entertainment center from Ant House Furniture.” The Lioness Club of Hope dished up good food from soups to sandwiches, as they have for a long time at the auction. Sharon Wright was in charge of the Santa Cash booth, with several items for sale, including Santa items, coffee cups, CDs, postcards, and photos. For each dollar a customer spent, they got to put their name in a coffer that many times. The prize for the person whose name was drawn was a $100 bill, courtesy of State Representative Brent Talley, D-McCaskill. Rudy Preston, longtime Lions Club member, was in charge of the Santa Cash and the trip giveaways for many years at the auction, but passed the torch to Wright. Other Lions Club members also put the trip packages together. Trip destinations included Nashville, Tenn.; Texarkana; Hot Springs; Memphis, Tenn., and Branson, Mo. Christmas baskets, which are the reason for the auction, will be put together on December 23 by Lions Club members. “We gave away 130 baskets last year, and we hope to give that many or more this year,” Griffin said. “We always have a good time at the auction, whether we break records or not.”