The annual Pink Ladies “Christmas for Kids” fundraiser auction and raffle will be held on Friday, December 8th, and organizers of the fundraiser are hoping for another big year. This year’s event will be held again at Norby’s. The meat raffle will begin at 5:00 p.m., live auction will start at 7:00 p.m., and raffle items will be available until 9:00 p.m.
The Pink Ladies dart team that puts together this fundraiser consists of a group of about 20 ladies. Their goal is to make this a very memorable event every year to help families of Dell Rapids by donating funds raised to the ESA “Christmas for Our Kids” project. They also have a goal to try to raise a larger amount then the year before.
“The last four years I have been on this committee, it is such an amazing feeling to wake up the day after the benefit and know that I made a difference, and I helped make a child smile,” said committee member Serena Campbell.
Last year’s fundraiser made $13,760 that went to help families in the Dell Rapids community. A small percentage of the money raised is also donated to two other non-profit organizations. One of the organizations is the Dell Rapids food pantry, and the committee then decides on another group to receive donations.
The year’s event already had quite a few great items up for auction or raffle. Some of them include two 55″ televisions, 1/2 processed hog donated by Bob’s Meat in Chester, an ATV trailer donated by DTC, a Terry Peak get-away, a week stay at a condo in Orlando, FL, Grand Falls Casino package, multiple gift card donations, and many, many more great items.
“Being a part of this committee has been such an amazing experience. I cannot begin to give enough thanks to all the businesses and individuals who donate to this auction, whether it be an item for the auction, the raffle, or a cash donation. It is all greatly appreciated. We could not make this a success without Lee Burggraff and his staff donating their time the night of the event as our auctioneer,” Campbell said.
Donations for the event will be accepted up until the day of the event.
The “Christmas for Our Kids” project is lead by the local chapter of ESA (an international women’s service organization). The ESA chapter handles all of the referrals for the “Christmas for Our Kids” as well as delivering the gifts to the families. Contacts for the ESA “Christmas for Our Kids” project are Brenda O’Hara and Lori Morris.