Festival of Wreaths raises $79k

By Sean Armstrong
Reporter (Fall 2012)

For 10 years now, the annual Festival of Wreaths has been an anticipated event on Crowder’s calendar. This year, around 350 people attended. The festival raised a total of $79k.

“This is our largest fundraiser throughout the year,” said Samantha Evans, Foundation Events Coordinator, in a recent interview with The Neosho Daily News. “All of the money we raise goes towards scholarships.” People and businesses from the surrounding area donated items to be auctioned off. This included an iPad 3, a STIHL chainsaw and a 2007 Ford Mustang.

According to Evans, the event had a total of 420 items auctioned off this year. Also, a dinner sponsored by McDonald County Telephone was provided for the attendees.
“We were extremely happy with the turnout of guests and items donated,” said Evans.

Some new technology was used this year as well. BidPal, an online auction tool specializing in auctions for non-profit organizations, was used to make the bidding on silent auction items easier. It was also used so that people could bid on items before the actual auction.