The bidder cards were flashing Nov. 16 at the Joseph Education Foundation Dinner and Auction and the result was $8,100 in the organization’s coffers.

The crowd was smaller than usual, most likely the result of a change in scheduling for the auction, but auctioneer Randall Eschler of Joseph kept the pace brisk and bidders came with their checkbooks open and energy high.

The high seller donation was made by Joseph Charter School’s Maintenance Coordinator, Dustin Larison, who donated four butcher blocks made from the old Joseph Charter School bleachers bringing in a total of $710. Bidding was brisk on those.

“That was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing,” said co-organizer Mike Moore. “I got one of those.”

The bargain of the night was a winning bid of $200 for 15 students from the Joseph Fire Science Class, who donated the whole crew for two hours of labor. That’s 30 man-hours for $200.

Dozens of generous auction item donors along with Donnie Rynearson doing the prime rib, grandmothers and mothers making desserts, labor provided by Joseph Charter School staff, students, FCCLA members and other volunteers, and dinner fixings provided by the Outlaw Restaurant made the auction a success.

“Everyone stepped up to help out,” said Moore.”It was basically the whole school.”

Money raised is used to help fund any educational request from the school including everything from computers to keyboards to table saws.

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