Courtney Veaunt/For the County News
Red Cross sculpture auction raises $37,000
The American Red Cross held their Steel Blossoms sculpture auction on Saturday, June 2 at the Dansville Moose Lodge. Altogether, the sculptures — created by Genesee Valley Educational Partnership Metal Trades students — raised roughly $37,000 for the American Red Cross.
Jeff Tracy served as the auctioneer for the evening. The forty-eight sculptures earned $175-$3,200 each. Twelve sculptures broke the one-thousand dollar mark, including: Tree of Wisdom, Summer Window, Camouflage, Sweet Nectar, Rising Sunflower, Starburst, Dahlia, Tiger Lily, In the Garden, Petals of Life, Daisy, and Crooked Daisies.
The sculpture “Daisy” was purchased for the highest price ($3,200) by Greg O’Connell. The sculpture was created by AJ Smith, Donald LaDue, Bradley Scism, Brett Diener, and Justin Forkner.
Several sculptures will also be donated by the highest bidder to other locations/organizations.
The “Treble Clef” sculpture will be donated to the Dansville High School. In addition, the “Hearts of Gold” sculpture will be donated to the American Red Cross. Finally, the “Fallen Hero Tribute” sculpture will be donated to the American Legion.
In addition to Greg O’Connell’s winning bid, others include Mayor Peter Vogt, Mary Ann Holden, John Shay, Pat Kreiley, the Rauber family, John Scura, and more.
During the evening, the Scavenger Hunt and 50/50 drawing winners were announced. Gift certificates were provided by AJ’s Mercantile & Craft Supply, Community Bank, Dansville Stationers and Dogwood Trading, Dogwood Floral Company, MacFadden Coffee Company, One29 Main, Sylor Imaging and Décor, and Tony’s Pizzeria.
The winner of the 50/50 drawing donated a portion of the winnings back to the American Red Cross.
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