Christian Heritage School to host annual auction

School hopes to raise $100,000 for scholarships, tuition

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What: 22nd annual Christian Heritage School auction

When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Steamboat Grand

Cost: Tickets cost $35 each and can be bought at F.M. Light & Sons, Freshies and the school on Brandon Circle in Heritage Park.

— Proceeds from Christian Heritage School’s 22nd annual auction will be dedicated to student scholarships and to keep the cost of tuition down, as they always have.

But the auction may be more important than ever, said Dave Entwistle, the school’s administrator. He said some of the school’s families are hurting, with some people out of work and others asking for financial assistance.

“It’s really a challenge,” Entwistle said. “I think when the school was founded in 1987, there was a commitment to making Christian education affordable. In order to do that, they started this auction. It’s a huge boost to allow us to give scholarships and discounts to help make it affordable.”

Entwistle said 39 of the school’s 106 students received a total of more than $186,000 in financial assistance this school year. Average annual tuition at Christian Heritage School is $7,200 per student.

The auction be­­gins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at The Steamboat Grand.

The event starts with hors d’oeuvres and the silent auction, which includes more than 100 donated items from Christian Heritage families, local businesses and members of the community, said Sharol Lanning, Christian Heritage’s development director.

For a complete list of items, visit www.chscol.org on the Web and click the “Online Auction” link next to the announcement for the auction.

Lanning said a live auction of four items including getaways to Moab, Utah, and Tucson, Ariz., will precede dessert and the evening’s scheduled entertainment, a performance by country music singer Trent Willmon.

Tickets to the auction cost $35. They are being sold at F.M. Light & Sons, Freshies and Christian Heritage.

Last year, Christian Heritage raised $92,000, Lanning said. She said they’re hoping for $100,000 this year. F.M. Light & Sons, KBCR Big Country Radio, Elk River Farm & Feed, Wells Fargo and Custom Color are sponsoring the auction.

“The community is very supportive, and they’re just so generous,” Lanning said.

She added that in addition to the auction being a fundraiser for the school, it serves as an annual celebration to recognize the achievements of Christian Heritage and its students.

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