C-A benefit auction draws great donations

Honoree Dick Lee visited the dessert table before the program in his honor got underway.

Honoree Dick Lee visited the dessert table before the program in his honor got underway.

FLINT TWP. — Richard (Dick) Lee, the guest of honor at the 2nd Annual Carman-Ainsworth Education Foundation (CAEF) Community Auction & Raffle last Friday, probably was not the only person to leave the event wearing a big smile.

One high-bidder left with four University of Michigan footballs tickets on the 50-yard-line for the Sept. 19 game in Ann Arbor, plus a U-M pennant and t-shirt. The package was valued at $325.

Another winner walked away with two tickets to the June 4 Detroit Tigers v. the Chicago White Sox game in Detroit. A cooler, cups , ball and pennant were included in the package valued at $162.

Another lucky winner stood a chance to increase his or her luck with a Lottery Bouquet of scratch-off lottery tickets.

Autographed sports memorabilia including a baseball signed by Tigers’ great Willie Horton; a round of golf; movie tickets; cooking lesson with a chef; a one-month family membership to the Genesys Family Health Club; day passes for six to Crossroads Village/ Huckleberry RR and much more was among about 150 items donated to the silent auction by local businesses and CAEF supporters.

CAEF is an independent non-profit organization formed to support C-A school initiatives. All proceeds from the event will benefit CAEF programs for students. Among projects in 2015, CAEF donated $6,000 for STEM Projects and awarded $8,250 in scholarships to students in DEEP, a dual-enrollment program in which students can earn college credits while still in high school.

In addition to the silent auction, funds also were raised via a Grand Prize card raffle valued at $750. The winner gets a night’s stay at the Holiday Inn-Gateway Center; a three-day car rental from Al Serra Auto Plaza (including Cadillacs) and dinner at CORK on Saginaw, a chic wine bar and eatery in downtown Flint. Still another fundraising feature was a Buy It Now board featuring several high-value gifts including tickets to any show at The Whiting.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by The Fairlanes & Deville’s Oldies Band.

In the program portion, Lee was recognized for more than 37 years of service to the C-A district. He is a retired teacher (1963-2000), coach, thespian director and former school board member (2001-2005). Lee also announced five different sports for 35 years at Carman-Ainsworth.

He is the author of “The Golden Greek, An Action Biography of Claude J. Marsh” which was available at the auction in exchange for a small donation.

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