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Gala auction tops $60,000

By Sara Waite

Journal-Advocate Editor

The Sterling Community Fund’s second annual Gala brought together over 500 people interested in making Sterling a better place to live.

The “Under the Western Sky” themed event featured food and drink from over 20 local vendors, live music by the Atomic Drifters, and a photo station to commemorate the night. As guests entered, they were greeted with flutes of champagne provided by the Sterling High School classes of 1949, 1959, 1969, 1979, 1989 and 1999.

The committee members opened the event with thanking the numerous sponsors and donors who helped make the event and recognizing some of the local officials and dignitaries in attendance.

Committee member Pam Werner also recognized Baxter and Carol Arnold, who gave a very large contribution about a year and a half ago to help get the fund started. “It shouldn’t be a surprise, as they have been around the community a long time and are very supportive,” she said.

Jim Santomaso of Sterling Livestock Commission served as auctioneer for a live auction that brought in over $60,000. As he called the bids, Eastern Colorado Community Fund director John Chapdelaine listened and rang a triangle when they reached the fair market value of each item.

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Guests at the Sterling Community Fund Gala enjoy food and drinks from over 20 food and drink sponsors.

Sara Waite / Sterling Journal-Advocate

Auction items included vacation packages, outdoor items, jewelry and more.

Guests also got to look over the final proposed design for an urban park that would be located at the corner of Fourth and Main Streets in downtown Sterling. The park would feature a donor wall to recognize those who help establish the Sterling Community Fund. Other fea- tures include play boulders, granite pavers to resemble the channels of the South Platte River, a fire feature, street trees, plantings, a shade structure and a mural representing Logan County. Next year’s Gala is being planned for June 6, with a theme of “A Stroll in the Park.”

Sara Waite: 970-526-9310, swaite@journal-advocate. com

John Chapdelaine, director of the Eastern Colorado Community Fund, listens as auctioneer Jim Santomaso gets bids on an auction item so he can ring the triangle when the bidding reaches fair market value.

Sara Waite / Sterling Journal-Advocate

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