As the only food bank in west central Wisconsin, Feed My People distributes 125,000+ pounds of food a week and 7 million pounds a year to local agencies. We are a cost effective way to provide pantries, community tables, and shelters enough food so thousands of people can be helped each month.
Friday, August 09, 2013
Live Auction Raises Funds for Feed My People
For the ninth consecutive year, Gordy’s County Market organized a live auction, raising over $84,000 for local hunger-relief. The auction lasted for about nine hours Friday, Aug. 2, at Gordy’s County Market’s Hamilton Avenue location.
More than 200 area businesses donated more than 900 items to be auctioned off including furniture, flat screen TVs, kayaks, gift certificates for local restaurants, a car, and more.
“The money raised not only helps us provide food for those struggling to put food on the table, but it also makes it possible for us to improve the nutritional quality of that food,” said Emily Moore, executive director of Feed My People.
Gordy’s County Market President Jeff Schafer said the business was proud to partner with Feed My People to support its programs.
“This is just a small way we can give back to a great organization,” he said. “We are thankful that with the help of our vendors, local businesses partners, and community members this year’s auction was bigger and better than any of the previous years.”
This year the event had a special twist when Mike Vavra, a Gordy’s County Market manager from Chippewa Falls, decided to add a personal fitness challenge to auction day. The 62-year-old marathon runner decided he’d run the 50 miles from Cornell to Eau Claire, raising funds for the food bank.
Mike’s coworkers, friends and family sponsored his run, which was matched by Gordy’s County Market. When Mike jogged into the auction, Jim Rainey of Designer Greetings was inspired by his determination and generously matched the amount again. In all, Mike raised $1,500 for hunger-relief.
“I wanted to challenge myself,” Mike said about his trek. “I felt like the luckiest guy in the world running that route.”
Thank you to Mike, Gordy’s County Market, and all the local businesses and community members who made this year’s auction the biggest and best yet. See you next year!