Charity auction set for tonight

By Emily Jarrett

April 25, 2014

Organizers of the Karen Anstine Lamb Benefit Dinner and Auction are hoping word-of-mouth and community support will bring out big crowds for the event tonight.

Featuring dinner and silent and live auctions, the benefit will have more than 150 items available to bid on, ranging from handmade quilts, to a pink toolbox to Kansas City Royals tickets. There’s an item for everyone, said committee member Amanda Balke.

“The response has been overwhelming,” she said. “When we first came up with this idea for an auction, we didn’t really know what to expect, if people would even donate anything. But once the community found out they really came together to work as a team to make this happen.”

Balke, along with fellow committee members Whitney Cromley and Stacy Anstine, has spent the last two months planning the auction in honor of their friend Karen Anstine Lamb, a breast cancer survivor who recently learned she has a cancerous mass growing on her vertebrae and liver cancer. Lamb and her family were living in Illinois but after the diagnosis decided to move back to Sedalia to be closer to family and friends.

“All proceeds from the auction, everything, is going to Karen and her family,” Balke said. “I’m sure it’ll mostly be used for medical bills, but I know right now they’re living with their in-laws and want to get a house.”

The silent auction and dinner of pulled pork, potato salad and baked beans will start at 5 p.m. and go until 7 p.m. with the live auction beginning at 7:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and 4 and under eat free, however for those not wishing to eat, the event is free and open to the public. So far nearly 300 tickets have been sold, Balke added.

“Right now we have around 150 items for the silent auction and 54 for the live auction,” she said. “We definitely didn’t expect to have so many but it’s been pretty amazing to see all the private donations and the businesses who donated items. I think we’re going to have a pretty big crowd out there, everyone has been very generous with the event.”

The Karen Anstine Lamb Benefit Dinner and Auction will begin at 5 p.m. today at the Celebration Center, 1701 W. 32nd St. Tickets for dinner will be available at the door. For more information or to see a list and photos of the auction items, search for “Karen Anstine Lamb Benefit Dinner and Auction” on Facebook.