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Gala auction features wide variety
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Sunflower Diversified Services displays samples of the many auction items for its upcoming Charity Gala, including the Fender guitar signed by Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

A wide variety of auction items have been collected but Sunflower Diversified Services can always use more for its annual Charity Gala, said Connie Oetken, director of development.
The 8th annual event is scheduled for Saturday, March 2 in the Heritage Room at the Highland Hotel, 3017 10th, Great Bend.
A black Fender guitar autographed by Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones is one of several unique items in the live auction. The donors said they have proof of authenticity for the guitar that was signed Oct. 3, 2005 in Washington, D.C.
Another big item, Oetken said, is a Polaris 4-wheeler designed for those age 12 and older. In addition, live auction items include a 1920s-vintage roulette set, diamond ring, air compressor, chocolate pearl earrings and ring, Traeger grill and a three-night stay at Lodges at Table Rock.
The silent auction offerings so far include housewares, tools, jewelry, pottery and purses.
“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year for people with developmental disabilities and delays,” Oetken said. “We encourage anyone who wants to donate to the auction, buy a ticket to the Gala or donate in some other way to contact us.”
Each $100 ticket includes a social hour, gourmet dinner, open bar, and Sunflower’s version of Deal or No Deal cases. A new event will challenge participants to shoot hoops and donate to people with disabilities at the same time.
“All of us at Sunflower appreciate every donation – no matter what the size,” Oetken said. “Every donor can be assured that every dollar we raise goes directly to services for people in our neighborhoods.”
The non-profit agency serves infants, toddlers and adults in Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Rush and Stafford counties.
For more information, contact Oetken by calling 620-792-1325.