The Minden Lions are excited about Thursday’s guest speaker.
Laura Hollingsworth with the Minden St. Jude Auction will talk to the Lions about this year’s event, which will kick off live from the Minden Civic Center Thursday morning. The 46th Annual Auction’s theme is “Cure One, Cure All!” and will feature a circus vibe.
Laura has been a core volunteer and coordinator for the Minden St. Jude Auction for decades.
“I first got involved with the auction in 1996 when Judge Campbell sentenced me and Melissa Brown to community service working the phones,” she quipped. “We were told to be there on a Saturday…and to bring our OWN phones!”
Laura says the auction has changed so much since that first year she volunteered, with numerous advances in technology, social media, and community support.
“Even though a lot has changed, our mission has not – and that’s to put an end to childhood cancer,” she said. “It has literally been one of the greatest honors of my life to be associated with this remarkable, nationally-recognized fundraiser, this incredibly generous community, and the very special volunteers who make it happen every year.”
After having to shut down the normal festival atmosphere because of pandemic protocols in 2021, Laura said auction volunteers are excited about opening the Minden Civic Center back up to those who want to join in the “big top fun” Feb. 10-13 with food, fun, the chili cookoff, children’s activities, raffles and boards. Out-of-towners can also watch the auction via live stream at mindenstjude.com and bid/pledge online.
Laura is an Arkansas native but has called Minden home for the past 35 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and public relations from the University of Arkansas. Laura is a past recipient of Minden’s Woman of the Year Award. She and her husband, Gary, have two adult children – Logan and Ashley – and four grandchildren. Laura and Gary are members of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Laura will be introduced Thursday by Lion Chris McGarity, another dedicated St. Jude Auction volunteer.
The Minden Lions Club meets Thursdays at noon at the American Legion Memorial Home, located at 119 W. Pine St. in Minden.
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