CAPS Auction Brings In Over $100,000

The allure of star power brought out an enthusiastic crowd Saturday in Salina to bid on a wide variety of celebrity and sports memorabilia  items.

The 27th Annual Child Advocacy and Parenting Services, or CAPS Auction did not disappoint. After all was said and done, over $100,000 was raised for the organization.

The bidding was fast and furious, with some items selling for a few dollars and others for thousands of dollars.

Some of the more popular celebrity items up for bid included among others a guitar autographed by the Rolling Stones, a movie poster autographed by the original Star Wars cast, a poster autographed by the cast of the Walking Dead, a basketball autographed by the entire University of Kansas Basketball Team, and a drawing of Snoopy, illustrated and autographed by the late Charles Schulz.  There were also services, recreation packages including a “Top Gun” flight experience, and a wide variety of donated items auctioned off.

CAPS Executive Director Lori Blake told KSAL News that she was “over joyed” by the final result.

According to Blake, the gross total was $101,151.50. A Mexican Fiesta hosted by a Salina family was the top selling item, bring in $4,000.

The benefit auction is the single largest fund-raising event of the year for CAPS. It funds one tenth of the organization’s yearly budget and is a cash match for many state grants the organization depends on.




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