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Community generous with auction fundraiser donations

March 10, 2014

Dorothy Wilson shows off a homemade apple pie, just one of several flavors in her repertoire. Wilson has donated a homemade pie for every month of the year to this Saturday’s United Methodist Church’s live auction. Photo courtesy Carol Taylor

Community members have invested more than just time and labor in planning this Saturday’s Third Annual Eastern Sierra Community Auction Night.
Numerous individuals, families and business owners have donated approximately $10,000 worth of products, services and other auction items in an effort to help United Methodist Church re-invest those donations back into the community.
Live and silent auctions will be held from 6:30-8:45 p.m. Saturday, March 15 in the Methodist Center, 205 N. Fowler St., Bishop. Appetizers, dessert and beverages will be served at no charge.
Under the auspices of United Methodist Social Services, the church will be using the proceeds from Saturday’s auctions to sustain programs that provide food, companionship, respite, recovery and spiritual support to vulnerable populations.
Specific programs to benefit include The Friendship Center, which provides respite care for residents struggling with Alzheimer’s and dementia in an effort to improve their quality of life; the Project for Independence Living, which provides resources to help residents with disabilities live independently; the Soup Kitchen, which provides an average of 75 hot, nutritious and freshly prepared meals to the hungry three days a week; the Shower Ministry, which makes available hot showers for the homeless and travelers in need three days a week; the Spirit of Recovery, which provides support and counsel for those recovering from addiction; and Friends of the Garden, which teaches residents how to grow fresh, local food and empowers them to do so.
Continuing to offer these programs in the face of growing need and shrinking funding earned United Methodist Social Services The Inyo Register’s Community Group of the Year honor for 2012-13. The honoree was selected by an independent panel of local residents convened annually for such a purpose.
According to Pastor Kathleen Puntar, grants and large, private donations fund a majority of these programs, but the annual auctions help cover day-to-day costs associated with keeping them up and running – such as building maintenance and utilities.
Fortunately, she noted, public support for these programs is widespread – one reason donors are generous with their contributions for the auctions.
“Many times when various people in the church ask for donations – and we know these businesses get hit up a lot – we hear that the Methodist Church is a favorite (cause),” Puntar said. “They see that we’re really making a difference and contributing to the community, and people appreciate that.”
In all, merchants, individuals and local families pitched in almost $7,300 worth of items for the live auction, approximately $2,200 worth of goods and services for the silent auction and roughly $250 in door prizes, for a total of about $10,000 in donations. How much that translates to for United Methodist Social Services’ programs depends on how the bidding goes Saturday, but more auction items are coming in daily.
“Thank you to all of the local merchants, organizations and individuals for your generous donations,” organizers said in a press release.
Following is the latest list of items for the auction block, as of March 9:
• Autographed Jimmie Johnson jacket
• Four-day “Mustangs in the Wild” pack trip with Frontier Pack Train, donated by Dave Dohnel
• 120 square-foot Belgard Paver patio (installed), donated by Weiland & Associates, Inc.
• California king quilt, donated by Donna McAuley
• Salmon dinner for four, plus stargazing through an 11-inch telescope, donated by Roberta and Peter Cummings
• Two reserved tickets to Playhouse 395’s “Oklahoma” plus a box supper, donated by Kathleen and Tony Puntar
• Two pumpkin pies (one now and one at Thanksgiving), donated by Kathleen and Tony Puntar
• Yamaha Rhino for a day for four, donated by Golden State Cycle
• Two Sunday tickets to the 2014 Millpond Music Festival, donated by Inyo Council for the Arts
• Log cabin at South Fork Bishop Creek for two nights, donated by DeEtte and Mike Johnston
• Baby cake for a boy, donated by Val Higgs
• One-hour trail ride for two with Rainbow Pack Outfitters, donated by the Allen Family
• Four rounds of golf with cart at Bishop Country Club, donated by BCC
• Tri-County Fair first-place-winning lemon meringue pie, donated by Ellen Bartlett
• Time share condo at Lake Tahoe for one week, donated by Bishop resident
• Barbecue dinner for eight at Arcularius Ranch, donated by the Arcularius Family
• Two Super Passes to all 2014 Mule Days events, donated by the Mule Days Committee
• Two tickets for 2014 Concert in the Rocks, donated by Lone Pine Film History Museum
• Two passes for 2014 Lone Pine Film Festival in October, donated by Lone Pine Film History Museum
• Guided, half-day fly fishing trip, donated Mark Rosen of Upstream Guide Service
• Condo in Mammoth for three nights, donated by Julie and Ted Metz
• One homemade pie every month for a year, donated by Dorothy Wilson
• Fondue dinner for 4-7 persons at the Camphouses’ house, donated by Susan and John Camphouse
• Four-gallon mini electric water heater, donated by Manor True Value Hardware
• Original watercolor painting, donated by Linda Arnold
• Watercolor painting class for two people, donated by Linda Arnold
• A framed print, donated by artist Carol Taylor
• Homemade pie, donated by Karen Conger
• Homemade pie, donated by Karen Conger
• $50 gift certificate to Spellbinder Books, donated by Bishop resident
• Weber One-Touch Charcoal Grill, donated by High Country Lumber
• RayBan sunglasses, donated by Dr. Bill Carter
• $50 gift certificate to Sage Restaurant, donated by Bishop resident
• Bronze-color bust of John F. Kennedy, donated by Bob Montgomery
• Tri-County Fair-winning pecan pie, donated by Ellen Bartlett
• Hand-dyed scarf/shawl (silk and rayon rose), donated by Penny Kehus
• Hand-dyed scarf/shawl (silk and rayon yellow), donated by Penny Kehus
• Baby cake for girl, donated by Val Higgs
• Three nights camping Bishop Creek or Big Pine Creek, donated by Stephanie Macurda
• Three nights camping Bishop Creek or Big Pine Creek, donated by Stephanie Macurda
• Hair products, donated by Kelly at Studio 27
• Knitted cable reader’s wrap, donated by Dorothy Frome
• Gift basket of bakery goodies, donated by Erick Schat’s Bakkery
• Gift basket of Moroccan Oil hair products, donated by Mary Carter of Sunshine & Hair Co.
• Gift basket of Paul Mitchell hair products, donated by Mary Carter of Sunshine & Hair Co.
• Gift basket of American Crew hair products, donated by Mary Carter of Sunshine & Hair Co.
• An “Adventure in the Eastern Sierra” basket, donated by Bishop Area Chamber of Commerce
• $25 Great Basin Bakery gift card, donated by Great Basin Bakery
• $25 gift certificate to J’s On the Corner in Bridgeport, donated by J’s On the Corner
• Two Saturday night prime rib dinners at Tom’s Place, donated by Tom’s Place
• Prints of etchings by Lionel Barrymore, donated by Mary Lou Sipherd
• Tote bag of goodies, donated by Eastern Sierra Community Bank
• Haircut and style by Liz Cleland, donated by Liz Cleland at Studio 27
• 20-minute massage by Melissa Myers Place, CMT, donated by Melissa Myers Place at Studio 27
• Haircut and style by Steph Valenzuela, donated by Steph Valenzuela at Studio 27
• $25 gift certificate from Micky Carr, donated by Micky Carr at Studio 27
• $25 gift certificate to Lyon’s Ltd. Jewelers, donated by Lyon’s
• $50 gift card to Denny’s, $50 gift card to Denny’s, $50 gift card to Back Alley, $50 gift card to Back Alley, $50 gift card to Pizza Factory, $50 gift card to Pizza Factory – to be auctioned separately by the Newcomb Family
• $10 Starbucks gift card
• $10 Starbucks gift card
• $10 Denny’s gift card
• $10 Denny’s gift card
• $10 Taco Bell gift card
• Note cards, donated by Linda Arnold
• Gourmet teas, donated by Linda Arnold
• BBQ Delight Super Smoke pellets, donated by the Camphouses
• Snack Time party set, donated by the Camphouses
• Ceramic party set, donated by the Camphouses
• Five-piece knife set, donated by the Camphouses
• Thermal bag, donated by Mountain Title Company
• $10 Sage to Summit gift card, donated by Sage to Summit
• $10 Sage to Summit gift card, donated by Sage to Summit
• $10 Sage to Summit gift card, donated by Sage to Summit
• $15 gift certificate to The Shoppe – Barber and Hair Salon, donated by Rita and Dominic
• Gift certificate for one dozen mixed donuts, donated by Hings Donuts
Reservations for the Third Annual Eastern Sierra Community Auction Night are not necessary unless child care is needed. Credit cards will be accepted. Residents who would like to contribute but are unable to attend on March 15 may send donations to FUMC at 205 N. Fowler St., Bishop, CA 93514.
For more information, call the Methodist Church office at (760) 872-7701. 

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