The New Era - All about Sweet Home since 1929

Online auction nets some $15,000 for scholarships


December 9, 2020

EMCEES Jim Hagle, left, and Steve Thorpe discuss the bids during the streamed Trees for Scholars auction.

Organizers of the Sweet Home Alumni Foundation's annual Trees for Scholars Christmas tree auction were wondering this year if they should go forward with plans this year.

"We were going to cancel it," said board member MarySue Reynolds.

Then some board members suggested doing an online auction, in which bidders would compete against each other until Saturday at noon, when the selling stopped.

It may not have been the usual gala dinner affair, but the auction, whose winners were announced in a live-streamed broadcast from the Chamber of Commerce, raised nearly $15,000 to help fund college...

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