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Ed Foundation auctions rake in $78K

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This family shopped together as they perused and pondered bids items for sale at the Blooming Prairie Education Association fundraiser Saturday April 6 at the Cue Company. Pictured from left are: Andrea, Stella, Jayden and Per. Staff photo by Howard Lestrud)
Kay Fate, Staff Writer

To absolutely no one’s surprise, the Blooming Prairie Education Foundation had another successful auction, raising more than $78,000.

The 21st annual event brought in money that will be used to support projects and programs designed to enhance and complement the BP school district’s learning experiences.

Karen Fouarge, president of the Ed Foundation, said things went smoothly for any number of reasons.

“We have a good board and a good auction committee,” she said Sunday. “We had a lot of great help getting it set up, and had people come in this morning at 9 to get things torn down and put away.”

In addition, renovations at The Cue Company, where the event is held, provided more seating.

The silent auction was held from 2-4 p.m.; the live auction ran from 5-11 p.m.

A special Saturday matinee of the Blooming Prairie High School musical, “Oklahoma!” offered backstage tours of the new performing arts center at the campus for people in town for the auctions.

“With Blooming being so busy this weekend, I can say there were quite a few people at both,” Fouarge said.

As her 15th – and final – year on the Foundation’s Executive Board approaches, Fouarge is mulling what comes next.

“You do not have to be on the board to be on the auction committee,” she said. “I might like to give up that (chairperson) position.”

Still basking in the success of the 2024 auctions, Fouarge knows the community will continue its decades-long history of generosity.

“Over $78,000,” she said. “In one night? I think that’s pretty darn good.”

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