After the death of her sister, Carrie Young, Lucie Immoos decided instead of wallowing in grief she would continue what her sister had started.
The first year Immoos put on a memorial auction in Young’s name, she raised $175. Last year, she raised $18,000 to help local seniors in need.
The 23rd annual Carrie Young Memorial drew a crowd of close to 350 Friday night at the Elks Lodge. The auction of 196 items and the raffle of a .22-caliber rifle, two cords of firewood and half a beef, cut and wrapped, raised roughly $24,000.
The money helps seniors pay for utilities, buy groceries and other essential items.
“They’re a very proud generation,” Immoos said. “They don’t ask for help.”
All of the items are donated by local businesses, family and friends, Immoos said.
“I would say probably 98 percent of the businesses in this town are so generous,” she said. “I’m just blown away.”
Immoos receives help from all over the county, but she said a small group of core women have been key to making the event happen this year and in past years.
Terri Bowden, the owner of A Flower Shop & More, helps organize all the donations into baskets for auction.
“She’s the one who makes these things pretty,” Immoos said.
Sharrie Slinkard donated her time and warehouse space to help assemble the baskets.
Dawn Wood makes all the bows, Carol Jean Schumacher helped put everything together and Immoos’s sister, Christie Winegar, helped prepare the spaghetti dinner.
“I’m very grateful, not just for the people who donate but for the people that come, because this wouldn’t be anything if I didn’t have people show up to bid on these items,” Immoos said.