The Hope Lions Christmas auction got off to a quick start Thursday night with an estimated crowd of 160 on hand opening night; the annual event continues Friday and Saturday nights and is the top local fundraiser for the group this year.

The Hope Lions Christmas auction got off to a quick start Thursday night with an estimated crowd of 180 on hand opening night; the annual event continues Friday and Saturday nights and is the top local fundraiser for the group this year.
As the Hope Star was preparing for press Thursday afternoon, the Hope Lions Club was busy turning Fair Park Coliseum into a giant auction hall in preparation for Thursday night.
Along with hundreds of visible items piled on the coliseum stage Thursday afternoon, Lion Mark Ross said this year’s auction items include a record 11 vacation packages and a 2008 Toyota, which was on display Thursday night as the auction was happening.
Also, Thursday night, a number of dinner tables were set up, and homemade meals like the popular Chicken-and-Dumplings sold out. Evening diners at the auction Thursday could enjoy the usual hamburgers, hot dogs, chili, and chili dogs, along with a variety of homemade dessert choices.
A live and silent auction goes on through all three nights, and the larger items like the car, washing machine, and sofa set are open for bidding all three nights.
Ross added that the Lions Club greatly appreciates all the donations from all businesses.