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Crisis center to host premiere charity auction this Saturday


People from across lakes country have come together to help one area organization put on a fundraiser that organizers hope will become an annual event.

The Lakes Crisis and Resource Center will be hosting a charity auction this Saturday at 9 a.m. in the Kent Freeman Arena in Detroit Lakes. All of the items up for sale have been donated to the organization, and all proceeds from the auction will be used for the center’s programs.

“The timing felt right,” said Beth Leighton, one of the committee members responsible for organizing the fundraiser.

She added that the idea for the auction had been thrown around for a while before she and other committee members decided to move forward with it.

And they’ve seen great turnout from the community. Donations have been accepted over several weekends, beginning in June.

“We started a little slowly,” Leighton said, but added that as the summer went on there was an “outpouring of support from individuals, from businesses.”

That support has come in the form of a wide variety of new and gently used items which bidders will be able to purchase this Saturday. Monetary donations have also been pledged toward the fundraiser.

Items that will be up for auction include furniture, home décor, antiques, sporting equipment and even a 1-year lease on a Ford Focus.

“It really does run the gambit,” Leighton said about the variety of donations they have received.

“For the first year, it’s been wonderful,” added committee chairperson Linda Mickelson. She also said that the organization is planning to hold the auction again in the future.

Mickelson added that they’ve had more donations than expected for the event, and all of those donations mean more money for the programs the center runs.

“A third of our funding comes from the state of Minnesota, the other two-thirds from the community,” Mickelson explained.

Proceeds raised on Saturday will benefit clients from all over Becker County and surrounding communities.

These programs include legal services, childcare, food assistance and the Positive Connections parenting time center.

Mickelson said that the programs don’t just aim to intervene when situations escalate but to also to educate their clients and give them the tools to move forward. They hope their services will help prevent clients from needing additional assistance in the future.

Lakes Crisis and Resource Center helps men, women and children from many surrounding towns, and they’ve seen donations come in from a wide radius of communities.

“It shows the reaching impact of the crisis center,” Leighton said.

The center also operates a shelter for women and children displaced by domestic or sexual violence called Mary’s Place.

“The beds are always full,” Mickelson said, adding that “there’s just such a need.”

She added that the nine-person team responsible for the auction has been invaluable when it came to setting up the event and gathering donations.

“It wouldn’t have happened without this great committee,” she said.

The event is being geared to offer something for the whole family.

“It’s going to be a real, premier, old-fashioned auction,” Leighton said.

The event will feature the main auction, with doors opening at 7 for bidders to preview items, along with a boutique and rummage sale. Caramel rolls and other refreshments will also be available.

They invite the community to come down and enjoy an exciting auction, all for a good cause.

“It’s just been such a positive experience for everyone,” Mickelson said.

A full list of items up for auction can be found at bachmannauctioneers.