Auction numbers huge this year

Auction volunteers pose with the check after a full four days of work (not counting preparation) for Minden St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

By Bonnie Culverhouse

The tent at The Greatest Show on Earth is down for another year, but the numbers brought in by Minden St. Jude Auction will keep its workers flying high for the next 12 months with a grand total of more than $2.4 million in donations.

“Of course, Mr. Al (Davis) was the hero in all of this, with his huge memorial donation,” said co-chairman Laura Hollingsworth. “But even without his check, we would’ve been above last year’s numbers. It’s just amazing. There are really no words.”

Co-chair Melissa Brown said she was shocked at the numbers but not the participation.

“Until we really have time to look it all over, we don’t know what the difference was this year,” Brown said. “We just know that the schools really went above and beyond and gave very large donations. It does our hearts so much good to see the kids working hard to raise money for their friends who are at St. Jude.”

Another big fund-raising event was the Run for St. Jude. More than 1,200 runners and walkers, raised $98,000 for the annual auction.

This year, the auction had participants from every state in the U.S., as well as other countries.

“Obviously, the Internet, Facebook and Instagram have made a huge difference in our donations,” Brown said. “We love knowing people from everywhere love the children at St. Jude and are willing to participate, but we also know we can always count on our community to come through.”

For a list of raffle winners, go to the Minden St. Jude Auction website.

Auction co-chairs Laura Hollingsworth (left) and Melissa Brown.

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