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Auction will support Christian Life Academy

Odds are you don’t actually need a five-pound gummy bear, but if dentists and diet plans hold no sway in your life, you will have a chance this month to support Christian Life Academy while acquiring one.

The Farmington school will hold its 11th annual fundraising auction starting at 5:30 p.m. March 11. The event raises money for the school’s general fund and for scholarships that will allow students to attend Christian Life. The night will start with a silent auction, and live auctioneer Kurt Johnson will take over around 7.

“He’s won lots of award for Auctioneer of the Year,” said Trisha Anderson, chair of the committee that puts on the auction. “He’s very entertaining. If nothing else, come to be entertained by him.”

There is a $10 admission charge. Childcare will be available for a donation.

The list of auction items includes several oversized candy items in addition to the grizzly-sized gummy bear, but the prizes aren’t all designed to rot your teeth. Among other things there will be park-hopper passes to Walt Disney World, a Keurig coffee maker and a tablet computer. There will be house cleaning, restaurant gift cards or a concrete apron for your driveway.

All of the items up for sale have been donated by individuals or businesses. Christian Life has built up a good network of people willing to support the event, Anderson said.

Anderson and the rest of the event’s organizers have been working since November to bring in donated items and package them the right way for the auction.

The event has been successful for the school. In each of the last two years it has brought in about $45,000. This year’s goal is $50,000.

“(I enjoy) just seeing the generosity of our families, our grandparents. How people will pay a crazy amount of money for something they could get themselves,” Anderson said. “It’s fun to have that in the school.”

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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