Annual auction planned to benefit SESDAC

Annual auction planned to benefit SESDAC by David Lias Soon a unique, annual community celebration will once again be held in Vermillion.

Area citizens trying to balance their busy schedules needn�t grow concerned, yet, however.

They still have time to make plans to attend the ninth annual SESDAC Benefit Auction, which will be held April 8 at the Eagles Club in Vermillion.

�We�re excited about offering a fun evening of entertainment for the benefit of people with disabilities in our community,� said Jenny Pike, chairman of the benefit activities. �This year, the benefit will be hosted by USD President James and Colette Abbott.�

Tickets that cover admission, dinner and a beverage at the event cost $25 per person, and are available for purchase at SESDAC, located at 1314 E. Cherry Street.

�The entire community is invited,� Pike said.

A social hour and silent auction will begin at 6 p.m., she said. Music during the silent auction will be provided by Chris Johnson and Paula Meloy.

Following the social hour, silent auction and meal, a live auction will be held, with the assistance of local auctioneer Hazen Bye, who has helped out SESDAC in past years with its benefit auctions.

�We are happy to have him on board for another fun evening of auctioneering,� Pike said.

People attending the benefit will have the opportunity to bid on items donated by Vermillion merchants. The festivities also will give people from the Vermillion area an opportunity to purchase some unique items.

�They include such things as travel packages, weekend golf packages, and hunting excursions,� Pike said.

SESDAC�s silent auctions also have a history of offering highly popular products for purchase.

�Past donations for the silent auctions have included autographed sports paraphernalia from the NFL and the NHL,� Pike said. �They also include such things as dinners at Vermillion�s finest restaurants, and pottery and jewelry from local artists.�

But more important than the entertaining time provided by the benefit auction, she said, are the services that are funded by the money raised at the event each year.

�The funds are used for expanded services to people in the community with disabilities,� Pike said.

The auction usually raises about $12,000. The event�s organizers hope to set a new fundraising record this year.

Pike is confident that the annual event will be highly successful.

�We hope this will be the best auction ever,� she said.

For more information on ticket purchases or the benefit auction, contact SESDAC at 624-4419.

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