Classic car donated to benefit auction

Classic car donated to benefit auction Long-time Vermillion residents Paul and Cathy Otto have donated a 1957 Ford to be auctioned at the W.H. Over Benefit Auction.

"We are thrilled to get such an exciting donation for the auction," said Friends of the W.H. Over Museum President Bob Noiva. "I thank the Ottos for their generosity and I hope this will encourage others to donate items and attend the auction."

The benefit auction will be held on Wednesday, July 14 at 4:30 p.m. The silent auction and viewing of the live auction items will begin at 4:30 p.m. The live auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. The auctioneer will be Marvin Girard of Wakonda.

The auction items are a mixture of antiques, collectibles, art, toys, gift certificates and white elephants. There will be something of interest to just about everyone. Dinner will be available.

The goal of the benefit auction is to help defray the operating expenses of the W.H. Over State Museum. The museum houses a collection documenting the natural and cultural history of South Dakota, including fossil, irreplaceable American Indian artifacts, antiques from the early pioneer days and a wonderful gun collection.

The W.H. Over Museum also displays many of the pieces originally collected by the former museum director Dr. W.H. Over. He had a wide range of interests that is easily appreciated by looking at the diversity of his collection.

To this day, the museum displays many of the most unusual and interesting pieces to be found in any state museum in the area. Where else can you find a moon rock, an Egyptian mummy, the skeleton of a rogue elephant, a whooping crane and an authentic claim shanty housed under the same roof?

Although the W.H. Over Museum houses and maintains a large collection owned by the state of South Dakota, the museum does not receive any funding from the state.

All funding for the operation of the museum comes from local government, business, charitable organizations and the general public. No admission fee is charged.

The W.H. Over Museum Benefit Auction on July 14 is one of only two fund-raising events the Friends of the Over Museum hold each year.

Donations to the auction may be dropped off at the museum or call 677-5228 or 5277 to have items picked up.

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