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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Presidential Scholar Stephanie Boaldin of Elkhart displays the SCCC neon sign that was donated by Luminous Neon at the 14th annual SCCC Development Foundation Auction. Also pictured are Mike Gatlin, auctioneer, and Presidential Scholar Shaley Thomas of Tyrone. This year’s auction was a huge success with record-breaking attendance and auction sales, netting over $40,000 for student scholarships.

The 14th annual Seward County Community College Development Foundation Auction was a huge success with record-breaking attendance and auction sales.
The event raised over $40,000 that will be used for scholarships to benefit students who attend Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. Prior to this year, the most raised in the auction was in 2005 when the foundation netted just over $30,000. Over the past 14 years the auction has provided over $365,000 in scholarship support.
Almost 500 guests participated in the live and silent auctions as well as the 50/50 drawing and lucky draw and enjoyed student entertainment. In 2001, 350 guests attended the auction, which had been the highest participation to date.
The 50/50 drawing raised a record $882 for the foundation. The same amount went to the winning ticket holder, Janea Mettlen, who will use the money for her honeymoon.
Auction participants had an opportunity to bid on over 450 items, including trips, services, hand-crafted items, homemade food, sporting event tickets, home décor and artwork. The highest selling item was a quilt made by Ruth McBryde, which sold for $1,150.
The Auction Committee made changes to the layout of the silent auction and location of the food stations. The silent auction items were located in four separate areas of the main room of the Seward County Event Center that gave bidders easy access to the items. In addition, different food items were grouped among the silent auction areas. Seaboard Foods donated the pork and National Beef donated the beef brisket, which was prepared by Great Western Dining.
This year’s theme was “Ride the wave of Success” and featured a beach theme. Next year, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will be celebrating its 40th anniversary during the auction.