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All It’s Quacked Up To Be: GCCC Endowment Association Goes Camo For The 36th Annual Scholarship Auction

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“All Ducked Out” will be the theme when more than 100 volunteers stage the 36th Annual Garden City Community College Endowment Association Scholarship Auction, on Friday, April 4 at the Finney County Exhibition Building. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., the doors will open at 6 p.m., and admission requires an advanced purchase wristband.

“As one of the largest charitable and social events in Finney County, I know that many people are looking forward to this year’s event and they won’t be disappointed,” said Jeremy Gigot, GCCC Endowment Association Executive Director. “We always like to have a theme that creates a lot of fun even before people step foot inside the auction venue and this year it’s a riff on television’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ so camouflage and bling will rule the evening.”

The auction usually attracts more than 1,000 people for an evening of entertainment and competitive bidding. The 35th annual event in 2013 grossed over $173,000 to fund GCCC student scholarships and academic projects.

Admission will again be by wristband and the cost will be $25 per person. Wristbands won’t be sold at the door and admission must be purchased in advance. The doors will open to wristband wearers at 6 p.m. the evening of the sale, with the silent auction beginning at 6:30 p.m., and the big item main event live auction, conducted by Scott Auction of Garden City, getting underway at 7:30 p.m.

The admission wristbands are now on sale at the Endowment Association office in the GCCC Student and Community Services Center. Association board members and key local businesses also have tickets available, including Western Honda, 309 E. Fulton Street, Keller Leopold Insurance, 302 Fleming; Kinney Glass, 415 N. Eighth; Garnand Fine Furniture, 1401 E. Kansas Avenue; and Skeeter’s Body Shop, 3104 W. Jones.

“Because the auction falls on a Friday within the Lenten season, a Cajun catfish fry catered by John Ross & Co. Signature Catering will be offered,” said Gigot. “The meal cost is $15 and is in addition to the admission price. Along with the fried catfish there will be ham and chicken gumbo, dirty red beans and rice, coleslaw, and sweet honey cornbread. The food will certainly add to the atmosphere of the auction!”

The association is also conducting a donation drawing for a white diamond pearl 2014 Honda CRV EX-L from Western Honda. Tickets for the drawing will be available at the same locations as the wristbands for a suggested donation of $50. The winner’s name will be drawn at the conclusion of the auction. One need not be present to win.

The Honda CRV EX-L features a beige leather interior, heated front seats, driver’s seat with 10-way power adjustment and power lumbar support, power windows, one-touch power moonroof with tilt feature, dual-zone automatic climate control system, 328-watt audio system with seven speakers including subwoofer, intelligent multi-informational display, and six airbags. The exterior sports rear privacy glass, 2.4-liter i-VTEC four cylinder engine, 5-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, remote keyless entry, 17-inch aluminum wheels, foglights, automatic headlights, and gets 30 MPG on the highway.

Businesses and individuals throughout southwest Kansas are donating items, funds and services for the auction, and anyone with contributions, questions about the event or about sponsorship, volunteer opportunities, or who want to make table reservations (minimum of six persons) please phone the association at 620.276.0412, go to www.gcccendowment.org, or follow the auction progress on Facebook (facebook.com/gcccendowmentassociation) and Twitter @GCCCEndow.