Something for everyone at BP Ed Auction
This is NUMBER 16 and no two Blooming Prairie Education Foundation auctions are alike.
After one year's auctions over, planning gets under way for next year's auction.
"We always have some surprises," says BP Education Foundation President Julie Noble. "We use our successful items of previous auctions but try to add some new twists," added auction chair Karen Fouarge.
Silent and live auctions are scheduled for Saturday, March 30 at the Pizza Cellar and Cue Company. The silent auction runs from 3-5 p.m. at the Pizza Cellar and the live auction follows at 6 p.m.
Last year's auctions brought in over $68,000. This total was close to the previous year which was $70,000. The record fundraising total was set in 2016 at $80,000.
More than $800,000 has benefited Blooming School District kids since the fundraiser was started in 2003 by Sue Zwiener.
"We don't set goals each year; we just try to make each event better than the one before," Noble said. "This community truly believes in their kids and with these funds, it is possible to make a brighter future for them with more educational programs," she added.
The BP Education Foundation is a non-profit organization created by a group of fiscally conservative community members. Mission of the Foundation is "to enhance the educational opportunities for the students of ISD 756."
Funding for the Foundation is possible through the generous contributions of community members, alumni, business and other charitable organizations.
More than 300 items were donated and auctioned last year. Fouarge believes that total might be eclipsed this year.
The Foundation uses its resources to fill voids in programs by adding to the eduction experiences of the students of ISD 756.
Proceeds from the auctions will be used to fund allocations requested from the BP School District and from teachers. The allocation requests are made twice a year. About 50 are allotted each year, President Noble said.
The funds are used to support technology advances, field trips, robotics team at the high school, lego project at the elementary school, purchase of 3D printers for the high school and elementary, etc.
A variety of auction items are featured with the silent auction running from 3-5 p.m., including classroom items crafted by elementary students from the Blooming Prairie Elementary School.
Chances will also be sold to determine the child who will be on next year's auction poster. Tickets will be available for $1 a chance.
Collectibles, craft items, food items and specialty pieces are donated by community residents and by people outside of the community who also believe in investing in the education of kids.
A new "Buy It Now" section has been added where buyers can buy item at the specified amount. A purse auction and a mystery raffle also are added this year.
Some of the live auction items include delicious baked goods, raised garden planter, kids murder mystery party (BP Police Dept.), two tickets to Thomas Rhelt Very Hot Summer Tour, Minnesota Vikings tickets, authentic Mexican meal, kids pallet table, painting class for 10 people, Redneck Yacht Club Party, one-year garbage Service (Kruckeberg), Extreme Sandbox Party, colorful quilts and a unique Blooming Prairie Blossoms football Wheaties box.
Baskets in memory of Rachel and Emerson Harberts will be auctioned off after the silent auction is closed. Rachel taught first grade at BP Elementary School. Her daughter was a third grader at BP Elementary School. Both died from injuries suffered in a car crash Sept. 7.
As in the past two years, tickets will be sold with the winner able to select any live auction item they desire. Lori Arndt was the winner and took a half of beef with processing.
Let's take a look at some more special items to be featured at the auction:
• Unique side table created and donated by John Esplan
• Blossom bean bag set donated by Geneva Lumber
• Hand painted clock donated by Deedee Bergstrom
• Cupboard doors “repurposed” into beautiful creative home decor by Deedee Bergstrom and Jessie Carlson! Doors donated by Bill and Jennifer Walsh!
• KD and Mrs. Busho created this “Family Activities” cart with lots of goodies plus a “Favorite Activities” class book!
• Everything Blossoms chest made by Butch Anderson
• “2018 Blooming Prairie Football Memories” quilt made by Lisa Bruns and BP alumni
• Kruckeberg Service garbage service for a year
• Bench made and donated and made by Chase and Jenny (Burt) Kelner.
• Redneck Yacht Club outing with Captain Jeff Zwiener and First Mate Mike Jones
• Coca Cola memorabilia
• Free standing birdhouse donated by Dale Swanson
• Various pieces of artwork created and donated by Deedee Bergstrom and Jessie Bergstrom Carlson
• Once again, one of our regular donors, Sportstitch, owned by alumni Linda Krejci Klemmensen, has provided us with a variety of “Blossom” gear in men’s, women’s and children’s sizes.