Gearing up for the auction

Aimee Staten, executive director for the Boys and Girls Club of the Gila Valley, and club Program Director Colton Garcia hang on a club fence a banner announcing the inaugural To Make the Best Better 2013 Benefit Auction. The auction takes place Saturday at the Graham County Fairgrounds.

SAFFORD — The leadership for four nonprofit groups agreed that battling for donations doesn’t make nearly as much sense as joining forces.

At the urging of Lori Knight of Graham County 4-H, the Boys and Girls Club of the Gila Valley, Graham County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and Catholic Sisters Divine Cuisine joined with 4-H for the inaugural To Make the Best Better 2013 Benefit Auction this Saturday.

“It’s a win across the board,” Knight said. “It’s a bunch of very good causes, we have great items, and people get a tax deduction.”

The four groups gathered 64 donated items to be placed up for auction, with the auction proceeds going directly into each program. Items range from a water gun assortment — that only children will be allowed to bid on — to jewelry, tools, food items and even helicopter rides.

Anyone can register to bid, and registration does not require a deposit. Items must be purchased by the end of the auction, and only cash or personal check will be accepted.

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“I know a lot of people think of an auction as a way to get a discount on something. But this auction is in support of these very worthy organizations. Your support is with a generous (bid),” said Search and Rescue’s Ron Glaspie.

In addition, three items are being raffled — a rocket stove, a gas 2-cycle cultivator and a Char-Broil American gourmet charcoal smoker — with tickets $5 each and winners must be present. Tickets may be purchased at the auction, in advance from any member of the four benefitting organizations or at the Boys and Girls Club, 805 S. 7th Ave. in Safford.

The Boys and Girls Club currently has 110 children registered, there are 46 children involved in 4-H, and Search and Rescue has 45 volunteers.

Money from the food sales by Catholic Sisters will be used for area scholarships and to benefit the Catholic churches in Safford, Solomon and the mission in Pima.

The auction will take place Saturday, starting at 2 p.m., at the Graham County Fairgrounds Agricultural Building.

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