The first United Way Suwannee County Auction was hosted by and held at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park Friday, Feb. 18. Many small businesses in Hamilton, Suwannee and surrounding counties contributed items to the auction. The event provided a fun-filled evening that included a silent auction and a live auction conducted by auctioneer John W. Hill.

Suwannee Democrat/Live Oak Publications Advertising Manager Monja Robinson chaired the auction. Kathy Sasser, Bill Regan, Joel Turner, Mae Jones and Charisse Cherry assisted her.

The charity auction allows smaller businesses and individuals to contribute items to be auctioned. The funds raised provide community support for the local United Way's community impact initiatives and programs of 22 local health and human service agencies that are affiliated with United Way of Suwannee Valley. Funds raised through the auction will contribute toward the 2004-2005 annual community fund-raising campaign goal of $622,000.

Items are collected year-round, so local residents and businesses are encouraged to keep this annual event in mind when they have items to donate.

The United Way community fund-raising campaign team extends its sincere appreciation to the Music Park, the auction committee, those who attended the auction and those who donated items to make the auction a great success.

For more information, please contact United Way at 386-752-5604.

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