Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Although the Arnold Community Foundation Fund’s annual banquet and auction was cancelled this year due to the pandemic, it didn’t detour the committee from raising only slightly less than in previous years.
“We didn’t know for sure what to do, and looked into options. Tony Eggleston offered to do an on-line auction through Agri Affiliates’ website. It worked out thanks to Tony and Joel (Morgan). They did a lot of work,” said ACFF President Shane Cool.
It was the first time Agri Affiliates has ever done a multi-item on-line auction, and offered the service free to the Foundation.
One-hundred-seven items were donated and auctioned off from November 30 to December 6, raising a total of $46,000.00. Payment and pick up of items was held at the school’s East Campus.
After the total proceeds were tallied up, the committee thanked all of the auction donors, all of the buyers for selflessly opening up their wallets, and Tony and Agri Affiliates for making it happen on such short notice.
Missing this year was the presentation of the annual Philanthropic awards, which are presented during the banquet and auction.
Proceeds from the auction will help build the Foundation’s unrestricted endowment – an account that provides a steady stream of resources for community needs, projects, programs, and opportunities forever.
The funds raised support local entities each year as they make continued improvements to our quality of life in Arnold. The Arnold Public Schools, Arnold Public Library, Rialto Theatre, School House Graphics, Village of Arnold, Arnold Golf Course, Arnold Economic Development Corporation, and Arnold Cemetery have all received funding since the formation of the ACFF.