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A near-record crowd and several big-ticket items helped the Braves Boosters raise nearly $38,000 at Saturday night’s annual Benefit Dinner & Auction event at the Reedsport Community Center.

The amount raised was one of the highest totals in the 17-year history of the event, besting last year’s total (a six-year high) by nearly $14,000.

“It’s nothing short of amazing,” said Joe Zelinski of the Braves Boosters Association, which has coordinated the event for the last eight years. “We are so grateful for the support of the local community and the Reedsport alumni family who made this possible. We had very strong participation in item donation and event attendance this year, which made all the difference.”

Braves Boosters board member Bob Huebner, who served as master of ceremonies, prasied the support of the Reedsport class of 1980.

“There are no less than 30 members of the class here tonight, and they have been among the strongest supporters of this event over the years, and contribute great auction items each and every year as well,” he said.

The event included a sit-down dinner catered by Bedrock’s and served by current Reedsport student-athletes.

There were various auction formats during the night as well. Silent auction items brought in $7,470 and the very popular dessert auction brought in another $,5,380. The showcase live auction, featuring 21 items, brought in $21,400. Other non-action games, as well as ticket sales, added to the overall total.

Highlights from the live auction included a hand-carved and crafted rocking chair, table and lamp by local craftsman Stuart Jarmain, which was claimed with a $3,700 bid. A one-week stay in Indio, Calif. (donated by the Class of 1972) was won for $2,200 and a weekend getaway to the Sisters Rodeo (donated by a local ladies’ Bunco group), fetched $2,000.

Proceeds from the annual event help the Reedsport Boosters support athletic and activity programs in Reedsport schools, including the purchase of team equipment and facility upgrades, which otherwise are not typically able to be budgeted by the school district.

Guests at the event were provided a listing of the major contributions by the organization, totaling more than $28,000 in the current school year alone.

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