November 28, 2014

Eighth annual auction to benefit Arenac County Fund

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ARENAC COUNTY — For the eighth straight year, an auction at Dunleavy Eatery & Pub in AuGres is scheduled to benefit the Arenac County Fund.

This year’s auction is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2. According to Dale Weiss, vice president of the Arenac County Fund, the proceeds from the auction go into the fund. He said money from the fund is used toward grants that are awarded twice per year to Arenac County programs.

Weiss said the amount of money currently in the fund is almost $400,000. He said between $6,000 and $11,000 per year is raised for the fund through the auction, depending on the items available for auction.

According to Weiss, the Arenac County Fund board will be accepting donations for the auction right up until auction time. He said he does not know at this time how many items are available for bid at this year’s auction.

Ronda Switek, a member of the Arenac County Fund board, said one of the more popular items up for bid each year is a getaway package to the Soaring Eagle Resort in Mount Pleasant, which is again up for bid this year.

“That’s always a big one,” she said.

Switek said the Arenac County business community has always been generous when it comes to donating items for the auction.

Weiss also said the auction typically has a good variety of items for people to bid on.

“It’s a great place to go Christmas shopping,” he said. “We’ve had nothing but rave reviews ever since we started this.”

The Arenac County Fund is administered through the Bay County Community Foundation. According to the foundation’s website, the fund was established in 2000, and its mission is “to assist in the development, improvement and enhancement of the Arenac community.”

For more details on the auction, call Weiss at 989-876-7856; Switek at 989-846-5205; Bridget Dunleavy at 989-876-7022; or Diane Morley at 989-946-7114. Morley may also be reached by e-mail at dmorley@forwardcorp.com.

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