One That Got Away...
Whether you are involved in organized religion or not, you would be hard pressed to say that churches don't provide a positive influence to the local community and society as a whole. I hate to say it that there have been some examples that could be argued about church leaders not being beneficial, but this isn't a religious blog entry, just an account of an after service dinner and dessert auction fund raiser.
A great dinner was prepared and offered by church volunteers. Local farmers donated a great ham, corn, and potatoes dinner that came with various other veggies, rolls, and salads perfect for just about anyone. Now I have to admit... My observation is that part of any social activity around here includes breakfast, dinner, supper, or dessert, and the folks in my neck of the woods seem to know how to do it up right.
But the dinner was just a warm up as the dessert auction started before we really had a chance to clean our plates. And what wonderful looking sweet treats were up for grabs to the highest bidder. I think before next years auction, I may have to find work to afford the opportunity to bid because the bidders were extremely generous. Of course the proceeds were for a good cause, but there was this cherry pie I had my eye on... it went for $80, and my limit was well below that.
Ken the auctioneer did a great job keeping things moving and having some fun along the way. His 4 legged Texas chicken story was tops! The donated creations numbered well over 50, including one very unusual cake in a cat box called "cat box cake" that came with Tootsie Rolls and a crumb topping that made the whole thing look kinda like... well the name says it all.
I didn't do a mental tally of the proceeds, but the goodie auction coupled with the tasty dinner made for a fun day. It's great to see that such a few can make so much difference in a small town even in these tough economic times... just for what they consider a good cause.