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Bargain hunters look over the items for sale during WinterFest’s annual silent auction and raffle last month at the Blowing Rock School cafeteria.Photo by Jeff Eason

Originally published: 2014-02-06 08:39:33
Last modified: 2014-02-06 08:40:19

WinterFest event raises $12,000 for Mountain Alliance

The annual WinterFest Silent Auction and Raffle continues to be the biggest fundraiser for Mountain Alliance, an organization that works to give high school-aged youths in Watauga County a chance to explore the great outdoors.

The one-day silent auction and raffle, filled with items and gift packages donated by area businesses and individuals, raised more than $12,000 for Mountain Alliance, according to event coordinators Tammie Jolly and Karen Rayner.

The silent auction in January included restaurant packages, hotel packages, vacation packages, gift baskets, tickets to sporting events and stage shows, Appalachian State athletic gear, original artwork and much more.

According to Rayner, the biggest “steal” of the silent auction was a week’s stay in a beachfront house in Emerald Isle during May.

The week in a five-bedroom house was purchased during the auction at its minimum bid price of $1,000, when a stay of that length during that time of year usually sells for more than twice that amount.

“Many of the bidders purchased their items near or at their estimated value, and we really appreciate them stepping up like that,” Rayner said.

Mountain Alliance

Mountain Alliance provides high school-aged youths in Watauga County with a safe and supportive environment where they can develop an increased sense of self and their place in the community, a passion for lifelong learning and a commitment to environmental stewardship.
 The organization is a community of high school students, teachers, professionals, outdoor and adventure-based educators, and local leaders and citizens.

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