Feb 13, 2020 3:21 PM

Sunflower Charity Gala offers wide range of auction items

Posted Feb 13, 2020 3:21 PM
This is the view when walking into Lakeview Lodge at Table Rock. A stay at this new location is one of the live-auction items at the upcoming Sunflower Charity Gala.
This is the view when walking into Lakeview Lodge at Table Rock. A stay at this new location is one of the live-auction items at the upcoming Sunflower Charity Gala.

The live and silent auctions at the upcoming Sunflower Diversified Services Charity Gala will appeal to many interests, tastes and budgets, said Connie Oetken, director of development.

          “We have collected a wide variety of items for our auctions and are accepting more,” Oetken said. “It is not too late to donate an item or become a sponsor in support of people in central Kansas with special needs.”

          Live-auction items include: a new Hustler Raptor riding lawnmower and trailer; EWheels scooter; stay at the new Lakeview Lodge, with eight beds and eight baths at Table Rock; deluxe golf package for StoneRidge, Smoky Hill and Colbert Hills; two sets of tires; prime rib dinner for 10 at RePerks; Traeger cooker; security system; Winchester Model 1890 rifle; 2018-19 autographed University of Kansas basketball; money wreath; stay at a mountain home; firepit; well-traveled bike; KU paver; heavy-duty pull wagon; EPPI gift card; metal art; and more.

          Categories of items in the silent auction include: jewelry; wall hangings; kitchen accessories; sports blankets; jackets; outdoor games; barbecue accessories; and gift certificates.

          The Charity Gala begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Great Bend Events Center, 3111 10th in Great Bend. Participants can expect a catered meal from Ellsworth Steak House and open bar. The wait staff will serve wine at the tables.

          “This is our 15th annual Gala and we hope for a great turnout,” Oetken commented. “It is a popular annual event because we support our neighbors with disabilities and delays, while having fun at the same time.

          “All donors and volunteers can be assured that every penny we raise stays in our local communities,” she continued. “The Gala and our other fundraisers are crucial to the people we serve because there is so much need for early education, independent-living options and employment opportunities. Tax dollars cannot come close to doing it all.”

          Auctioneer Mike Niedens and Emcee Scott Donovan will keep the crowd entertained again this year.

          A seat at the Gala is $100. For more information, contact Oetken by calling 620-792-1325.

          Sunflower, a non-profit agency, serves infants, toddlers and adults in Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Rush and Stafford counties. It is in its 54th year.

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Schools Out in February Rec Activities
Great Bend Rec School's Out Activities

The Great Bend Recreation Commission has some great programs for your child when school is out. The Great Bend Rec is offering a Half Day of Winter Crafts class on Thursday, February 20th. This program is open to children ages 6 – 12 and will be held from Noon to 5:00 pm at the Great Bend Rec Activity Center (2715 18th Street). This day will start off with a pizza party followed by an afternoon of crafts, making some yummy snacks and other organized activities. The entry fee is $12.00.

Then on Friday, February 21st, make plans to join us for Exploring the Trails and Winter Science Kids Day Out. The morning will be spent at the Activity Center playing some organized activities and doing some crafts. In the afternoon, we’ll be bused out to the KWEC. Staff from the KWEC will have some fizzy and bubbly winter science experiments waiting for us. We’ll also construct greeting cards and design them with an LED to make them light up. If weather permits, we’ll hit the nature trail in search of birds in a bingo game. Please have your child dress properly for being outside since they may get dirty and muddy. Students will be bused to and from the KWEC by USD 428, so make sure you fill out a transportation request when you register your child. Students will be making their own ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch. Fruit, pickles, chips and beverages will also be provided. Snacks and beverages will be provided. This program is open to children ages 6 – 12 and will be held from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Drop off and pick up your children at the Great Bend Rec Activity Center (2715 18th Street). The entry fee for this activity is $15.00.

On Monday, February 24th, the Rec along with the Cottonwood Extension District Office will be hosting a Babysitting 101 class. This course gives participants the knowledge, skills and confidence to care for toddlers through school aged children. Topics include safety issues, preventing injuries and illness, basic childcare and age appropriate activities to do with children. Each student will also learn how to make a snack for kids. Participant must be 11 by the class date. This class will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at the Cottonwood Extension District Office (1800 12th Street). The entry fee is $10.00. Michelle Beran, Cottonwood Extension District 4-H & Youth Development Agent, Donna Krug, Cottonwood Extension District Agent and GB Rec Staff will be the instructors for the course.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required for these classes by February 18th. A complete list of programs and class details can be found at the GBRC website at www.greatbendrec.com. Online enrollment is now available on the website. Please contact the Recreation Commission office at 793-3755, ext 110, or stop by the office located at 1214 Stone Street for more information, to register or with any questions you may have.