October 23, 2014

Arenac County Fund holding ninth annual auction

By Sherry Barnum
Staff Writer | reporter3@ogemawherald.com
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ARENAC COUNTY – The Arenac County Fund will hold its ninth annual auction on Dec. 1, 2011 at Dunleavy’s Eatery & Pub in AuGres.

This year’s auction will feature some big ticket prizes, such as an Xbox 360, a Florida vacation and a Mackinac Island Grand Hotel Getaway.

“The Mackinac Island Grand Hotel Getaway is new to the auction this year,” Switek said. “Another popular item is the Soaring Eagle Getaway Package in Mt. Pleasant.”

“That always seems to draw a lot of people,” she added.

Other items at the auction will include gift certificates, gas cards, antiques, gift baskets and dinners.

“It’s a great place to start your Christmas shopping,” Switek said. “It’s a lot of fun and a great opportunity to support the fund, knowing the money raised gets funneled back into the community.”

Registration is scheduled for 6 p.m. with a presentation of grant winners at 6:30 p.m. and the auction starting at 7 p.m.

According Dale Weiss, Arenac County Fund board member, the auction raised around $7,000 last year.

“The fund raises around $6,000 to $10,000 per year,” Weiss said. “The Arenac County Fund benefits everyone in the county.”

“We are an endowed fund,” he added. “So we are growing all the time.”

According to Weiss, the fund was started in 2000 within the Bay Area Community Foundation.

“Our ultimate goal is to get away from the Bay Area Foundation and be our own foundation,” he said.

Ronda Switek, current committee chair, said the fund’s current balance is $438,000 and with around $104,000 raised in grants since the fund started.

Switek said aside from grants, the fund raises money through three major fundraisers: a golf outing in May, the auction and a trivia night. She said other funds are raised through annual contributions.

“We raised approximately $20,000 last year,” Switek said. “Donations that we receive (vary) all the time.”

Weiss said five percent of the money raised is passed back into the community and about $17,000 was passed back through county grants and donations last year.

For more information on the Arenac County Fund’s auction, contact Diane Morley at 989-964-7114 or dmorley@forwardcorp.com; Bridget Dunleavy at 989-876-7022; Ronda Switek at 989-846-5205; or Dale Weiss at 989-876-7856.

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