by Dennis Sharkey
In a time of a down economy and less donations to charities Jefferson countians are bucking the trend in a big way.
Organizers for A Taste of Elegance reported on Monday that more than $52,000 was raised at the benefit buffet and auction Saturday night at Perry-Lecompton High School.
The benefit proceeds go to Friends of Jefferson County Hospice. The buffet featured more than 50 food and dessert items that were prepared by volunteers from around the county. More than 25 groups donated time or items.
This year’s event was the 10th annual and raised at least $10,000 more than last year and a record 514 tickets were sold. Each year of the event the attendance and proceeds raised have increased.
The Fund-a-Need program that allows those attending who did not get an opportunity to bid on an auction item but want to donate raised more than $5,000. The program was started last year and goes to purchase items that are used for direct hospice patient care.
The live auction brought in more than $18,000. Two quilts were featured in the auction. One brought in $1,675 while the other got $1,700. A holiday dinner party netted $600 while two wagons containing items for tailgating each got $450.
Organizer Carole Hendrix has seen the generosity grow each year but she is still amazed each time.
“They were ready to share,” Hendrix said. “The people of Jefferson County came out Saturday night to really share with Friends of Jefferson County Hospice.”
Hendrix said everything about the event was wonderful and volunteers should be proud.
“It was a terrific night,” she said. “It couldn’t have gone any better and we were really pleased with the total.”
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