A large crowd gathered Saturday morning to bid on a wide variety of items that included things like sports and celebrity memorabilia, furniture, trips, a “Top Gun” flight, and even a teepee. For the 25th year in a row, Child Advocacy and Parenting Services, or CAPS, hosted a celebrity benefit auction.
The bidding was fast and furious, with some items selling for a few dollars and others for thousands of dollars.
CAPS Executive Director Carolee Jones tells KSAL News the event is made possible through the generosity of local donors. “It was much easier to get celebrity stuff by contacting them directly twenty years ago,” she said. “That’s gone by the wayside, now we’ve got great local donors that provide most of our stuff.”
Jones says that she is so thankful for the spirt of giving around Salina, “People just open their hearts and say what can I do.”
The items bringing in the most money included sky box seats for a K-State football game, and a “Top Gun” flight adventure.
After all was said and done, the event brought in $95,200, a little less than last year. Jones tells KSAL News she is pleased, and grateful.
The auction is the single largest fund-raising event of the year for CAPS.