Thursday, August 6, 2020
Board members took a break Saturday morning as they were setting up for the auction. Left to right are Rich Fjerstad-VP, Michelle Towey, Tara Bjornson, Brenna Scanlan, Clint Jennings, Nichole Holtan, Susan Rostad-Doraska, Stacy Bronson, Tanya Rieken-Secretary and Rich Rieken-President.

Ed Foundation sets new record

Auction proceeds benefit education programs in Hayfield

The Hayfield 203 Education Foundation’s benefit auction last Saturday set a new record for the amount of money raised, Foundation President Rich Rieken said.

The Foundation held its third annual auction, both silent and live, at the Hayfield Fire Hall. As of Monday morning, the auction had brought in more than $60,000, he said, and the amounts from the food and beverages had not yet been added to the total. The first year brought in about $32,000 and last year $39,000.

“It was incredible,” Rieken said of the evening. “People were there to donate.”

He said they gave out 150 bidding numbers with the number actually in attendance probably about 300 given that many came as couples. Some people just came by to make a bid on a specific silent auction item but most stayed for the entire evening, he said.

The amounts bid were higher than he expected.

Items that Rieken said he expected would sell for $200 to $300 were going for $600 to $700. A 2019 Hayfield Vikings baseball banner, he said, went for $6,200.

Among the best sellers, he said, were the items that offered “experiences” such as hang gliding, a trip to Florida and getaways to the north shore and Mall of America.

There was also a “Buy It Now” board that had teachers posting items they needed for their classrooms and letting patrons buy those items. Rieken said that although there were a few items that remained unpurchased, many of those would be picked up by the Foundation.

Rieken also said the Foundation board wanted to thank the firefighters for their help in making the evening a success. Besides helping with the set up at the fire hall, they also cooked and served the food that included a pork chop sandwich, green beans and cole slaw.

“Setting up was easier than ever,” Rieken said.

Rieken said the Foundation was established three years ago and since that time has raised about $90,000 for the district, not including the most recent totals.

Among the purchases made for the district have been Smart TVs, sound systems for classrooms, tables for science fair projects, field trips and items for the library, he said.

When a request is made for an item or project, the superintendent takes a look at it first, he said, and then it goes to the Foundation board for its consideration. Before approving a donation, he said, the board wants to make sure it is really usable at the school.

The auction is the main fundraising event of the year for the Foundation, Rieken said. They also do other events throughout the year that are not concentrated on fundraising.


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