About 50 people participated in a community fundraiser hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8577 on Saturday.
The event helped raise funds for Ladies Auxiliary charities and organization dues.
Among the participants was Elizabeth Jolene Sawyer, president of the Ladies Auxiliary Junior Girls, who enjoys volunteerism.
“We help out veterans,” she said. “So we’ve been helping with the auction and handed out prizes to the winners.”
The Junior Girls organization consists of girls ages 5 to 18, Sawyer said. The group donates money raised to the Junior Girls Foundation.
“If we didn’t have the funds, then we wouldn’t be able to help the veterans,” she said. “We also wouldn’t be able to have ceremonies for them because we end up spending a lot on projects we do for the VA hospital.”
Sawyer said the girls make flower vases and other gifts for hospitalized veterans throughout the year.
“I think it helps to have others who can do something like this,” said Gabrielle Ateradl, incoming president for the Junior Girls. “Donating things we don’t need to other people is a fun thing, and it’s great to have the community get together and enjoy food.”
Juanita Workman, Auxiliary president, said the event, which they’ve hosted for eight years, included an array of raffle tables, a cakewalk, an auction, and a luncheon.
“We sell tickets and raffle off all kinds of cakes, from strawberries to chocolate, that the ladies bake and donate,” she said.
The Ladies Auxiliary sponsor about 14 programs.
“We raise the money because we’ve got cancer aid and research, the nurse scholarship and our general fund,” she said. “Last year we raised about $1,000, and we usually raise about that much every year.”
Other members of the Ladies Auxiliary were excited to take part in the auction.
“It’s a time we have camaraderie and we can all get together and support each other,” said Karen Kaylor, senior vice president.
“I have participated in this event for several years,” said Eva Motsinger, president of AARP 1359. “Lately, we’ve been donating quite a bit to the fire department, city officials, churches, and we just choose something every year.”