(BEDFORD) - Despite the bad weather, Kari's Gym was filled Saturday during the LIFE Fantasia Auction.
A record one hundred items were auctioned off raising nearly $18,000. Add sponsorships to that and the total jumped to more than $22,000.
Laura Bailey, LIFE Director of Operations, says it has been a rough year for many families and numbers are up for those visiting the food pantry.
The top-earning tree was a "Duck Dynasty"-inspired creation entered by Bedford Federal Savings Bank. Adorned with shotgun shells, deer antlers and a stars and stripes ribbon, it inspired a brisk bidding war. Gary Evans, of Architectural Stone Sales and longtime supporter of Fantasia, was the winning bidder, buying it for $1,200. Evans bought the tree for his grandkids, who are big Duck Dynasty fans.
Two other Bedford Federal trees fetched big prices. A rustic-themed grapevine tree sold for $1,000 and a 9-foot tree decorated in red, silver and white by the bank sold for $825.
Brett and Heidi Werley purchased a small grapevine tree and two centerpieces for $1,200.
Donnie Hall, LIFE Director of Community Relations, appreciates the people who battled the elements and came to support the organization.
The following is list of items and awards.
1st place: Titan Sexton & Jack Anderson
2nd place: Scott Callahan, Attorney at Law, P.C.
3rd place: St. John's Episcopal Church
People's choice: Titan Sexton & Jack Anderson
1st place: Bailey's Flowers and Gifts
2nd place: UAW
3rd place: Bryantsville Hunger Relief Project
People's choice: Bailey's Flowers and Gifts
1st place: Architectural Stone Sales
2nd place: Bedford Federal Savings Bank
3rd place: Donna Mathis Bough
People's choice: Justin (Jay) Spires
1st place: Mrs. Fox's seond-grade class at Parkview Primary
2nd place: Kat's Performing Arts Studio
3rd place: BNL Key Club
People's choice: Kat's Performing Arts Studio
1st place: Janet Skillman
2nd place: Architectural Stone Sales
3rd place: Jerry Spires
People's choice: Jerry Spires
Elementary classroom mini trees
1st place: Debbie Housel, third-grade Shawswick
2nd place: Danielle Underwood, kindergarten, Heltonville
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