Guild thanks the community

by Letter to the Editor

Last Saturday, Nov. 9, I had the pleasure of witnessing the generosity and kindness of Indianola merchants, community members and Simpson College employees who, in combination, made for a successful Simpson Guild Elves Auction charity fundraiser.

People may not realize all the different aspects that go into this annual event. A big thank you goes out to all the Indianola merchants who made this not just a college affair, but a community action through their generously donated items and gift certificates, and who allowed the Guild to post the auction information on their windows and doors.

An equally big thank you goes to all the generous individuals who, by either sharing their talents at crafting or by purchasing items to contribute, were able to donate a wonderful assortment of gifts. Also, what would be an auction without auctioneers? Putney Auctioneers Kenny, Kevin, John and Kathleen not only donated their time and talents to this event, but they worked hard to get top dollar from each donation.

But the “frosting on the cake” that allows us to categorize the 2002 Elves Auction as a resounding success comes from the fact that community and college people together opened up not only their pocketbooks for this charitable event, but their hearts as well, and were able to raise over $4,000 in under three hours-money that will be used to provide scholarships for young people needing help to get a higher education, money that will be used for needed equipment updates or additions, and money that will be used for miscellaneous needs by both the college and the community.

God bless you all for contributing to this charity fundraiser!

Becky Beaman

Secretary to the Academic Dean