Put several hundred women in a room with an enticing array of beautiful gloves, scarves, purses and jewelry with all proceeds going to a good cause and you’ve got a winning combination. The 7th Annual United Way Helping Hands Auction was no exception.
The 2014 event, held Jan. 30 at Embassy Suites earned almost $30,000 through purchased items as well as a dozen live auction items such as restaurant dinners, landscaping services and tickets to Cher’s “Dressed to Kill” performance at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in May. Funds support social service agencies to meet the needs of low income families in Lincoln. Proceeds also help to send children to Camp Spirit, a week- long camping experience for children living with Juvenile Arthritis.
New this year was a popular “Wine Grab” which offered donated wine valued up to $90 available in a lottery for $25. At a dessert table, some 35 cakes, pies, cookies and tortes and other sweets, donated by local vendors were available by bid or to buy outright.
Nancy Biggs, long time United Way volunteer and Women in Philanthropy member, who was instrumental in starting the event which began as a modest gathering at Talent Plus that raised a couple of thousand dollars, was thrilled by the growth of the event. It’s taken off, Biggs said, because of the dynamic women who have adopted the event. “It’s amazing what women will do to help their community,” Biggs said.
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