Planning continues for Skelton reward auction 03.16.2011

Written by David Green.

Thinking of taking a nearby family vacation? Want to score some tickets to see the Tigers, Red Wings, Walleyes or Mud Hens?

Maybe you need a load of stone or are looking to get a generator before the next power outage. Or how some meat for the freezer—an entire beef processed?

Those are just a few—a very few—of the items going up for auction Saturday night at a benefit for the Skelton Brothers Reward Fund.

“This has turned out so much bigger than we had ever anticipated,” said Kathye Herrera, a member of the fund steering committee.

Donations for the auction have poured in from throughout the region. Now all the committee needs is dozens and dozens of generous buyers to help make the event a success.

Shane Sumner and Bert Brown are donating their time as auctioneers for the event. A 50/50 drawing is also planned and concessions will be sold by the Morenci Elementary PTO.

The doors to the high school gymnasium will open at 5 p.m. and the auction gets underway at 6.

Proceeds from the auction will be placed in the reward fund. The committee will decide whether or not to pay a reward to an informant who offers information assisting law enforcement officers in the prosecution of the case.

Any money remaining in the fund will be divided among the Morenci Education Foundation, Wakefield Park equipment fund and the elementary school playground fund.

Unique auction items include a fire pit with slate top, a Civil War era chair, a hand-crafted stainless steel sculpture and a cooler full of Bob Evans sausage.

A full listing of auction items is listed in an advertisement in this week’s Observer. An updated list can be found at auctionzip.com. Enter Skelton Brothers in the Event box and enter 49256 in the Zip Code box.

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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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