With a record $33,945 raised, the 70th Annual Hope Lions Club Auction has been deemed a success. According to Mark Ross, this year’s auction chairman, this was the largest auction ever since the club began the event 70 years ago. The 3 day event was held December 5-7 at the Fair Park Coliseum and each night the club provided attendees with entertainment by local musicians, concessions hosted by the Hope Evening Lions Club and of course, a great auction!
The Club auctioned off everything from TY Beanie Babies, to vacation packages, and even items as big as a car from Robbins Toyota. Merchants and businesses throughout Southwest and Central Arkansas, Northeast Texas and Northwest Louisiana all donated to this year’s auction and Ross is particularly thankful for all of them, “Without the generous donations from merchants and businesses in Hope and the surrounding areas, this auction would not be so successful, and for that, we thank them.”
Lions Club President, Nathan Gerth, also expressed his thanks to those that donated and attended the auction, “With the proceeds from the auction, we will be able to put together approximately 130 Christmas food baskets to be distributed to underprivileged families in Hope and Hempstead County.”
The Lions Club will begin putting together the baskets next week and distribute them to those in need. Check back with SWARK.Today next week for more Lions Club action!