Auction helps church raise building funds
What do a violin, a basketball, and a weekend in the Ozarks have in common?
They were all auctioned off when Lansing United Methodist Church held its first auction earlier this month at the Lansing Community Center to raise funds for construction of the church's $2 million dollar new building planned for its future campus on West Mary Street.
The event included silent and live auctions for items donated by members and local businesses. The most expensive items were a painting valued at $3,700 and a restored violin appraised at more than $2,000. Both sold in the live auction.
Other items included a weekend getaway package to an Ozarks County lodge, a week's stay at a two-bedroom condo in Branson, Mo., and a basketball signed by Wayne Simien, the first-round draft choice of the NBA's Miami Heat.
The silent auction included 73 items appealing to a wide range of ages and tastes, from Beanie Babies to a massage from Laura's Body Beautiful to a meat slicer.
The auction brought in $5,700 toward the new building's construction.
"It was a good effort, especially since it was our first time," said the Rev. Jim Hopwood, the church's pastor.