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Haakon County Public Library's Fall Affair benefit social and auction a success

The Fall Affair fundraiser Saturday, October 23, at the Philip American Legion Hall was a success, according to Annie Brunskill, librarian of the Haakon County Public Library.

"The Fall Affair went very well and we were all very pleased with the entire event," said Brunskill. "We had about 80 people attending and had 50 live auction items and 30 silent auction baskets. We raised just over $5,200. That money will be put into a foundation in order to cover the extra operating expenses that will arise when we eventually move to the K-Gee's building. We need to raise around $500,000 for the foundation in order to cover those extra expenses each year."

Members of the fundraising committee, Friends of the Library, the library board, the foundation board and the community assisted in the organization of the fundraising event. The hall was decorated according to the theme of fall.

Some of the comments from the fundraising committee included, "I thought it was very successful for our first effort," said Bobby Sloat. "It was something different with the auction paddles, the food, the ambience of the decorations - different than the usual auctions," said Hannah Griffin. "I was tickled that we had so many couples there, both young and old," said Brunskill.

The committee will hold a fall fundraiser again next year and is also looking at other possibilities such as an alumni mailing and a spring flea market.