New Haven Track Dinner Auction Raises Over 45,000 With A Priceless Ending

Over 200 tickets were sold for Friday night's New Haven Track Project Dinner Auction.

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - It was no surprise that over 200 tickets were sold for Friday night’s Dinner Auction that benefited the New Haven Community Track Project or the fact that businesses and individuals donated over 150 items and the grand total of funds raised was just as remarkable as how the night ended.  You have to see it to believe it.

Last night, thanks to the generosity and their overwhelming support raised $47,279.  One person told QuickNewsNow, “What an amazing community this is.  This was something special and really shows you how much people care about their school.”

Over 100 items were donated for the silent auction and over 43 items for the live auction, which included a large variety from a Private Screening at the Walt Theater to a Getaway at the Lake and a Guided Pheasant Hunt to name a few, but it was the last item auctioned that was truly “priceless”.

The final item, Private basketball lessons with the legendary and now retired Coach Ray Steinhoff included three one hour and fifteen minute sessions ended up bringing more money than anyone could have imagined in fact when the bidding got to $2,100 both parties agreed to both pay $2,100 after Steinhoff said he would donate a second session.

After forming a committee comprised of members from the New Haven Community, the “New Haven Community Track Project - Keeping Our Tradition On Track” campaign was kicked off on November 21, 2013.  In just over six months there have been more than 150 cash donors with committed funds of $228,000 with over $127,000 all ready received.

With Friday night’s $47,279 they surpassed the 75% mark for the amount needed to build a new track.

The Dinner Auction committee members from in and around the New Haven Community were Co-Chairs Leanne Bauer and Renee Laune; Peggy Borcherding, Connie Gerdes, Rachel Maczuk, Terri Scheer, Amy Schenck, Jill Terschluse and Lauren Zorbrist.  A special thanks to the Auctioneer Dusty Thornhill from Troy, Mo. for donating his time and for providing some great added entertainment.

Click here to learn more about the New Haven Community Track Project and how to make a donation.

“Priceless” footage of “Basketball Lessons from Coach Ray Steinhoff” being auctioned off.  It really was an amazing moment.