by Lisa Tome
Debbie Moore didn't know exactly what she had until the very last minute.
But the 11th hour donations of plants and such from donor's gardens and yards raked in $4,500 for the Calvert Grange.
After a year break, Moore and Grange members took over hosting the annual plant auction. The Country Thyme Garden Club hosted the event at the Grange for years but gave it up two years ago. The garden club had used the event to fund scholarships.
Grange member Brenda Larsen explained how the sale worked. She said that members and friends of Grange dug up and replanted items from their yards. There was a large assortment of goods from bleeding hearts to small Christmas trees. One of the most exotic items on the auction block was wild ramps.
Nearly 70 bidders signed on to vie for items on the auction block.
Don Moore, husband of Debbie, who was running the auction, said the event took about five months to plan.
He said his family was very pleasantly surprised by the number of donations.
In addition to having both the live auction and a silent auction, the event featured food sales. Local 4-H Club members handled the food sales. The Calvert Boys & Girls Club members, 4-H Horticulture Club members, Making Strides 4-H Club members, and Barn Stompers 4-H Club members also served as models. 4-Hers also held up plants as volunteer auctioneer Johny Hayden offered them up for bidders.
The funds raised at the plant auction will go to help pay for a new HVAC system for the Grange. The new system will cost about $12,000. The fundraiser proceeds will help offset that cost.
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