MCC CommUNITY Auction begins Monday

February 24, 2023

MCC CommUNITY Auction begins Monday

Spartan News is a presentation of Mason County Central Public Schools in partnership with Mason County Press.

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief

SCOTTVILLE — The 28th annual Mason County Central Spring CommUNITY Auction kicks off with online bidding at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 and will continue through Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m. The event is a major fundraiser for the Mason County Central Educational Foundation, typically raising about $30,000 annually. 

This will be the third year that the auction will be held online rather than in person. Gary Andersen, chairman of the event, said the auction’s planning committee would like to hold the event in person in the near future. Currently, there is a challenge of holding an indoor event near Scottville, due to the lack of facilities that have the proper accommodations. 

“We are hoping in the future to hold a hybrid event that will allow for both online and in-person bidding,” Andersen said. “The in-person event has always been a great mid-winter social event for our area and we certainly want to bring that back. But, we have also found the online auction has opened up opportunities for people from out of the area to bid on items and support the MCC Educational Foundation. That’s been really big, because ultimately, our goal is to raise funds for our kids.” Andersen said the online auction has attracted bidders from eight to 10 various states, and several counties within Michigan. 

“I’m sure that many of these bidders are alumni or people who are familiar with our school system and community,” Andersen said. “It’s been a great benefit.” 

Approximately 200 items will be listed. Categories include home, crafts, outdoor, entertainment, sports, food, home and beauty, art, service, and tools. Items can be shipped for a small fee or will be available for pick up either at the MCC Central Business Office or, large items, at the donor’s place of business. 

The MCC Educational Foundation has served Mason County Central Schools for over 35 years. It provides grants to students, teachers and school organizations to offset costs not covered by tax funding. 

“This event wouldn’t be possible without the donors, sponsors and, of course, the bidders,” Andersen said. “It’s always been impressive how the community comes out to support this event.”

The event’s website is now live and can be viewed here. 

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