The ballroom at Embassy Suites became a shopping mecca on Jan. 29 as some 500 women oood and awwwed their way through the 400 scarves, hats, belts, jewelry and gift baskets displayed on tables that snaked around the perimeter of the room. The event was the 8th annual United Way Helping Hands Auction that raised nearly $30,000 for diapers and warm clothing for needy children and funding for families who have a child with a bleeding disorder to attend summer camp.
Organized by United Way’s Women in Philanthropy committee—women who contribute at least $1,000 to support United Way initiatives—the Auction has seen amazing growth said Michelle Bring, senior director of marketing and resource development. The 2015 version required more than 70 volunteers to organize the evening that featured 14 live auction packages, 50 bottles of wine for sale and more than 44 gourmet desserts for purchase. “The auction is a fun way to bring women together for networking and camaraderie, while also helping many local families and children in need,” she said.
The event supports the United Way/Community Health Charities Campaign’s effort to raise more than $7 million to fund programming at human services organizations that address the most critical areas of need in Lincoln and Lancaster County, focusing on children, assisting those in crisis and those with a chronic health condition.
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