By Kalin Krohe, Panhandle Post
The Alliance Public Schools Foundation is holding its annual scholarship fundraiser, this year in partnership with the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center.
The auction fundraiser is going on through April 10. People can walk through the museum to view auction items and then bid on them at bidnebraska.com
Varner said the bidding process is pretty simple.
"You register for your bid number then you bid on the item you're interested in," Varner said. "You go online through April 10th. All the items will be uploaded. The highest bidder wins. We'll close the bids at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The pickup time is at the conclusion of the auction on Saturday or Tuesday, April 13 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Knight Museum. Credit card purchases are available with a 3.5% transaction fee, but you can pay with checks."
At 4 p.m. on April 10 students of the 7th Street Dance Studio will be performing. The original scheduled time was at 6 p.m. There will also be a nacho bar.
"The reason why we did this...is usually we use the Westside Event Center, but with the COVID issues and things not really opening up...and doing the food items...you can go all week and look at the items," Varner said. "Plus it opens it up instead of us selling tickets...you know people that can't afford to buy tickets to come for the supper part. It's open for the whole community. Plus online, people from other states can bid on this stuff and we can ship it. If they're afraid of COVID, they can sit at their home and bid."
Varner said masks are not mandatory, but people are welcome to wear them.
"Last year we had actually scheduled a fundraiser," Foundation Vice-President Tim Garwood said. "Obviously, at this time of year it was when a lot of cancellations were starting to come in and this was one of the things that did get cancelled. This year, knowing what the situations been with COVID and restrictions, the board decided to have an event, but it's going to be different than what we've done in the past. We want to respect what's going on. We appreciate the fact that things are lifting a little bit out of the COVID restrictions, but we also want to let people know that we are a long ways from getting back to normal. The theme for this year is 'Sticking Together Six-Feet Apart'."
There are multiple scholarships available this year for students.
"The new scholarships available this year are the Mark R. Custer Memorial Scholarship, the Frank and JoAnn Tolstedt Scholarship, the Barry Harris Athletic Scholarship and the next one is the Midwest Deadhead Guardian Bell Scholarship," Varner said.
Below are some of the auction items: