Child Development Resources raised $175,000 at its 41st annual Bid ‘n Buy Auction last Sunday.
CDR helps at-risk, low-income children with developmental disabilities or delays get the high-quality child care and development services their families might not be able to afford.
Mary Jean Hurst , director of development at CDR, said the Bid ‘n Buy Auction at Jamestown High School is the CDR’s largest fundraiser of the year.
“(The money) is going to go toward helping all of our various programs,” Hurst said. “So it helps all the children we serve with professional services in various therapies.”
She thinks more than 500 people turned out this year because of the reputation the event has.
“People are aware of the wonderful things we have because we have close to 600 items — so they know that it’s going to be a fun time and that we’re going to have activities for the kids and we’re going to have good food,” Hurst said.
Nancy Wigley, special events coordinator for CDR, said some of the items auctioned off included home improvement opportunities, jewelry, weekend getaways and various collectible items.
“We get donations from businesses all over town, as well as individuals,” Wigley said. “I think that’s what people look forward to every year, is they just know they’re going to find something they’re going to want to bid.”
However, Hurst said her favorite part of the event is seeing the community come together to help the children.
“(People) are really there because they want to make sure the children have a good start in life,” Hurst said. “It’s heartwarming.”
Want to learn more?
To learn more about the services CDR provides or to donate, visit cdr.org.
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