Deaver’s mayor Fred Yates may have been feeling the luck of the Irish on Saturday night when his friends and neighbors held a fundraiser to help with the medical expenses he incurred from an open-heart surgery in December.
The town’s recreation department usually holds a St. Patrick’s Day dinner for the town, but this year organizers added a few fundraising events like a silent auction that included an original painting by Frannie resident Marie Bramson, handcrafted jewelry and more, plus a live auction of home baked goodies. The auctions netted $4,040 and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans donated an additional $300 to the cause. All of the proceeds were donated to Yates.
Mark Sorenson acted as auctioneer, netting as much as $60 for a single homemade apple pie. Assisted by his wife Mona and niece Caitlyn, Sorenson kept the crowd entertained and in the spirit of giving.
“We tease him all the time about how he really likes to attend auctions, but we had to talk him into being the auctioneer,” said Deaver town clerk Vanna Camp. “He did a great job though.”
The event attracted a full house of more than 100 people to dine on a corned beef and cabbage dinner prepared by volunteers from the Deaver Recreation Dept. The family-friendly dinner also included an alternative hot dog entrée, which the kids seemed to appreciate.
Yates attended along with wife Molly and other family members. Residents from Deaver and neighboring towns also attended with many donating items to both the silent and live auction.
By Patti Carpenter