Auxiliary revs up for annual auction

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Lutheran Good Shepherd Home and Lutheran Nursing Home Auxiliary is preparing for its annual Silent Auction, which will be Tuesday, Nov. 27. The event will take place in the Good Shepherd Multipurpose Room, and bidding will begin at 6 p.m. Many items have already been donated by local businesses, Warrensburg businesses, Branson shows, Kansas City-area activities, and by individuals.
This year’s goal is to raise enough money to purchase a blanket/towel warmer for the nursing home. The estimated cost for this hospital-grade equipment is more than $8,000. Organizers are hoping for a large crowd, active bidding, and an enjoyable evening for everyone. The public in invited, and refreshments will be served.
The auxiliary’s first silent auction was in 1977, netting $139.65. The minutes stated that “the auction was well-attended and enjoyed by all.” Last year’s silent auction also had a large crowd, but they raised considerably more, over $5,800. With those funds, a second “Nurse Rosie” automated vital signs cart was obtained, and a flat-screen television was purchased for the Restorative Therapy Program.
The remainder of the proceeds was combined with money from other, smaller money-making projects and donations, enabling the auxiliary to make numerous purchases for the home during the year: two Hoyer lifts, resident photo identification placards for the nursing home, vertical blinds for the nursing home dining room, and two electronic pianos, one for the assisted living gathering area and one for the multipurpose room. They also renewed two subscriptions for the Kansas City Star for the residents’ use. Everything they purchased aimed to make life more pleasant for the residents of the home — a goal of the organization.

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